It was a tool to get from one place to another, usually with his dogs. Sam didn’t choose a vehicle for flash, but practicality.
I just don’t believe a big showy lifestyle is appropriate. Why do I drive a pickup truck? What am I supposed to haul my dogs around in, a Rolls Royce?
Sam’s Pickup Truck
In 1979, Sam purchased a Ford F150 Custom Model with a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive. After more than a few aftermarket dents and scrapes, it came to symbolize Sam’s own humble nature and the humility he expected from his executives and associates.
When he went hunting, he’d stow his dogs in the back. When visiting stores, they rode in the cab with him. Usually Ol’ Roy would go into the store with Sam, but sometimes he stayed behind. When left in the truck, Ol’ Roy passed the time with his favorite chew toy – the steering wheel. If you look closely, you can see Ol’ Roy’s chew marks. You’ll also notice the shotgun and hunting bag. Sam was always ready for a hunt.
Always very frugal, Sam preferred driving around town in his pickup to the other vehicles most chairmen of major corporations were accustomed to. Visitors to the Walmart Museum are encouraged to touch the door handle of Sam’s truck - urban legend has it that touching the handle will impart the gift of frugality.
Sam simply loved to drive a truck, that’s all. During hunting season, he could come home, pick up his dogs, and off he would go. He loved that.