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author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2016

Legendary actor Clint Eastwood doesn't drive a luxury car or an exotic sports car, and he doesn't ride around in the back of a chauffeur-driven vehicle. Instead, according to Clint Eastwood, Clint Eastwood drives ... a GMC Typhoon. This revelation has surely set the GMC Typhoon forums on fire.

Here's the situation: Eastwood was on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon last week, and after joking that he could see Eastwood taking a horse around New York City, Fallon asked the actor what he drives. The answer -- a GMC Typhoon -- surprised Fallon, who said he had never heard of the limited-production high-performance SUV. Here's the clip, and a transcript for those of you who can't watch it at work.

Fallon: What does Clint Eastwood drive? Can I guess what you drive? Because I think that people would guess that you drive a muscle car. I think you drive a truck.

Eastwood: I could drive a truck.

[Laughter]

Fallon: Yeah. What do you drive?

Eastwood: I drive a Typhoon, a GMC Typhoon. It's out of production now.

Fallon: Just one guy [in the audience] was like ... "Yes!" I've never heard of that, ever.

Eastwood: It's actually a turboed V6. It's fast.

Fallon: Yeah!

[Applause]

For those of you who aren't up on your old-GMC knowledge, the Typhoon was the original high-performance SUV, a 280-horsepower, turbocharged sport SUV based on the 2-door GMC Jimmy and sold only in 1992 and 1993. It followed up on the GMC Syclone, sold only in 1991, which used the same engine in a pickup-truck body. These days, the Typhoon -- which is still regarded as an impressive performer, with a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time in the mid-5-second range -- is highly unusual, and it's becoming valuable. Probably even more valuable if the previous owner was Clint Eastwood.

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