Reality television has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment. While numerous reality shows have aired, only a few had made an impact on audiences. One of the shows that impressed viewers was Duck Dynasty. The show aired on A&E and portrayed the lives of the Robertson family, who were successful in a family-operated business, Duck Commander.
The men in the family attracted attention from viewers for their long beards, entrepreneurial skills, and controversial remarks. The show broke several A&E records. The fourth season premiere attracted 11.8 million viewers, making it the most watched non-fiction cable series in history.
The show generated more than $400 million in revenue from merchandise and more than $80 million from advertising. During the eleven seasons of the show, the Robertson men and women featured some of their cars. We wanted to revisit the cars that the cast featured on the show and discern their daily drivers. To find out what cars the cast of Duck Dynasty drove, we went behind the scenes. Our search led us to discover cool cars that some of the cast drove while some of the cast drove beaters. Enjoy the article folks and like always be sure to share it with a friend. We start the article off with the beaters side of the list. Let's get started!
18 Beater: Phil - Jeep
Jeep has produced some of the best off-roaders. 4x4 enthusiasts love the Wrangler and the Rubicon. Although Jeep has garnered a reputation for producing great off-roaders, Jeep drivers who don't take care of their vehicles will end up with a Jeep that is in the same condition as Phil's.
In Phil's defense, the Jeep is a 1974 model, but a car can last as long as the owner takes care of it. Phil should keep his Jeep off-road and drive with caution due to the limited safety features that the car has.
17 Beater: Willie - Jeep Comanche
The Jeep Comanche was a pickup variant of the Cherokee compact SUV and offered as a rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. Considering Willie loves pickups, he had to own one of the few that Jeep manufactured. Jeep offered a few engine options, from a 2.1-liter to a 4-liter. The car was in production from 1985 until 1992.
Considering Willie's car is more than twenty years old, he has kept it in good condition. During the eight-year production, Jeep manufactured just over 190,000 Comanche rides. That's not bad for a company known for producing SUVs.
16 Beater: Phil - Dirt Cart
Phil Robertson attended Louisiana Tech University where he played football and received a master's degree in education. Although an educated man, who could've made a living from teaching, Phil opted for the outdoors. He is a hunter who appeared Duck Commander and a hunting program on the Outdoor Channel.
When Phil is hunting, he uses a dirt cart to get around. Considering Phil is a professional hunter, one would expect him to drive a better off-road than the dirt cart. Phil's dirt cart isn't bad, but he could've opted for a better ride.
15 Beater: Sadie - Chevrolet Blazer
Back in the '80s, the Blazer was one of the hottest SUVs. Considering that Sadie has driven spectacular cars such as new BMW models, the Blazer might not be fit for a twenty-one-year-old. The car is more suitable for other generations. An SUV that would have suited Sadie would be the Mercedes G-Wagon.
The Blazer might not be the worst option in SUVs, but it is more suitable for drivers older than Sadie. I think the orange color suits the Blazer. The color looks like it's in pristine condition.
14 Beater: Willie - 1985 Chevrolet Custom
During the interview with Motor Trend, Willie said that he learned to drive in a 1985 Chevrolet Custom. Willie had to work hard to establish the Duck Commander. Once he made it, he spoiled himself with Silverado and F-150 pickups. Before those days, Willie was driving conservative cars. Considering Willie and the family have worked hard to establish a multi-million dollar business, he deserved to spoil himself with nice pickups, especially since he drove an old one.
Back in the '80s, the Chevrolet Custom was a good car, but it's not a top-tier car these days.
13 Beater: Willie - Cadillac Sedan DeVille
The Duck Dynasty gentlemen have featured numerous cars on the show. One of the most eccentric vehicles that appeared on the show when racing legend Clint Bowyer made a guest appearance was the 1982 Cadillac Sedan DeVille. Bowyer tweeted to his followers, asking them if he should take the Sedan DeVille around the track. Apart from the camouflage wrap on the limousine, the bonnet boasts horns.
Although the car is eccentric, it fits in amongst the Robertson family. The DeVille was in production for almost half a century before production ceased.
12 Sick: Family - Rolls Royce Phantom
The Robertsons might not wear a suit to work, but they are good businessmen. The family business is estimated at $400 million. Willie's net worth is estimated at $40 million, and the other brothers aren't far behind.
When the Robertson men have to make an appearance, they ensure to arrive in style. Their preferred mode of transport is the Rolls Royce Phantom. The Robertsons own a 2003 model. Although the car is sixteen years old, the quality that Rolls Royce makes its vehicles ensures that the owner enjoys it for many years.
11 Sick: Willie - Ford F-150
Willie doesn't mind getting his hands dirty, so when he needed a truck for work, he turned to Skyjacker Suspension. The guys at Skyjacker wanted to impress Willie, so they made the Project Road Warrior, according to Truck Trend.
The guys lifted the truck by four inches with a Skyjacker kit and fitted Hydro shocks to smooth out the ride. They also fitted a set of 20-inch BMF M-80 wheels with 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler tires on the 2009 F-150. Bushwacker pocket-style fender flares kept the tires covered to make the car street legal. The front and rear bumpers are Fab Fours.
10 Sick: Willie - BMW Z4
Willie loves trucks, but he also appreciates sports cars. When he got the BMW Z4, it was black. Willie wanted the car to represent his love for hunting and for the car to blend into his environment, so he wrapped in camouflage. BMW lovers were in awe when the automaker unveiled the Z3 and could not wait for the debut of the Z4.
When the car arrived, BMW struggled to garner support for the Z4. It seems that Willie doesn't follow the pact, as he purchased a car that he likes. U.S. sales of the Z-series had plummeted to a few thousand cars sold in the last few years.
9 Sick: Willie - Chevrolet Silverado
Although the F-series has been the best selling truck in the U.S. for more than four decades, I think the Silverado provides more luxury and has a more appealing design. One of the main perks of the Silverado is that the manufacturer offers several engine options.
The large engine enables the Silverado to haul heavy loads, making it one of the most practical SUVs on the market. The Silverado 1500 has a towing capacity of 12,200 pounds. Although a competitor to the F-series, the Silverado is cheaper. The base price of the car is $29,000.
8 Sick: Willie - Ford F-150
Since Skyjacker suspension did a magnificent job with Willie's 2009, Willie wanted a newer model. He used the 2014 Ford F-150 as his daily driver. When Motor Trend asked him how he ranked the car, Willie said that he gave the car 10 out of 10.
"I've had it since January, and I just love it. It's a great truck. I like the way it drives," he says. "It's new. I got it with a partner of mine. They build out trucks. What they do is they put these trucks together, build them, and they display them for a year, all around the country. It's built as a show truck, and then I get it after that."
7 Sick: Willie - ATV
Willie has spoken about his love for trucks, so it's not a surprise that he would buy an ATV for his off-road adventures. When DUB magazine interviewed him, they asked him what car he would choose between a Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls Royce Phantom or a fully equipped custom truck.
Willie said that he would choose the Aventador so that he could sell it and buy trucks for everyone in the family. He wouldn't settle for a regular looking ATV, so Willie ensured that it was camouflaged. That looks like a mean ride.
6 Sick: Jase - Chevrolet Silverado
One of the biggest competitors to the Ford F-150 is the Silverado. Chevrolet has done an outstanding job of producing a pickup that provides luxury and has a high towing capacity. Jase Robertson is one of the proud owners of 12 million pickups that Chevrolet has manufactured since production commenced in 1998.
The Silverado is on its way to being the best selling truck in the U.S. Considering the F-series has been in production since 1947, the Silverado has done well in the twenty years it has been on the market.
5 Sick: John Luke - Jeep Wrangler
Several companies have produced the Wrangler since production commenced in 1987. The one aspect of the car that has remained throughout the years is the quality of the Wrangler. Many off-roaders praise the car as one of the best off-roaders. The car's off-road capability is amazing, so I'm not surprised that John Luke bought one to cruise around on the dirt roads.
Although John Luke is only 23 years old, he decided to get married and needed a strong vehicle to transport his bride. The base price of the Wrangler is $28,000.
4 Sick: Willie - Argo Avenger
One of the perks of being on a reality television show is that the Robertson family got free items and endorsement deals. Argo thought that advertising their products on Duck Dynasty would help the brand, so the manufacturer signed a deal with the Robertsons to promote the Avenger series.
While the Robertson brothers are hunting, they've got the Argo Avenger to traverse over swamps. Duck Dynasty has not only helped the family to boost their business but also helped them to get endorsement deals and free rides.
3 Sick: John - GMC 2500
John Godwin has been working for Duck Commander since 2002. According to the Duck Commander website, Godwin's responsibilities include building duck calls, managing supplies and overseeing the shipping department.
Godwin is also a pickup lover who didn't veer too far from the pickup that the Robertson brothers opted to purchase. Instead of the Silverado, Godwin chose a GMC 2500. Those two pickups are almost identical, but Godwin wanted more power than the Silverado 1500, so he opted the GMC 2500. Mechanically, the Silverado and the GMC are identical.
2 Sick: Willie - Chevrolet Silverado
Some automakers saw the Duck Dynasty program as a great opportunity to market its vehicles. Since Willie and his brothers drove pickups, Chevrolet decided to promote their models. According to McKaig Chevrolet, the trucks were with the brothers for three years.
McKaig Chevrolet Buick was the first truck sponsor of Duck Commander and Buck Commander. After three years in Robertson's possession, the truck was auctioned at the Manheim Auto Auction in Dallas, Texas. Proceeds of the truck were used to establish For The People Foundation, supporting local East Texas communities.
1 Sick: Willie - Lincoln Town Car Limousine
The Lincoln Town Car is a full-size luxury sedan that the U.S. manufacturer produced from 1980 until 2011. Lincoln produced the Town Car throughout three generations, using the rear-wheel drive Ford Panther platform. The one that Willie arrived in on the show was a stretched version. Wanting to make an entrance, Willie popped out of the sunroof of the 1985 model while chauffeured.
Although the Town Car had a 4.9-liter engine, it was capable of pumping out maximum 160 horsepower. The other option was the Ford Modular SOHC V8 engine, capable of pumping out 210 horsepower.
Sources - Motor Trend, Dub Magazine & Truck Trend