Sam Walton: “What Am I Supposed to Haul My Dogs Around In, a Rolls-Royce?”

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Sam Walton, Walmart patriarch and one of the world’s richest men, was a no frills person who believed in value and affordability. He eschewed the perks his riches could have afforded him and, instead, lived a simple life in a remote town in the Ozarks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWalton didn’t believe in change just for the sake of change, and, in fact, got his hair cut from the same barber for 19 years. The same was true of the vehicle he drove. A firm believer in driving an affordable vehicle, Walton drove his 1979 F-150 Custom 4×4 every day until his death in 1992.

With a base price of $5,500, the Ford F-150 was certainly affordable and, seeing how it served Sam for 13 years, it held its value as well. When asked why he drove a Ford truck, his response was, “What am I supposed to haul my dogs around in, a Rolls-Royce?”

Walton’s iconic Ford F-150 is now housed at the Walmart Visitor’s Center and museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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