The Flatbed is a commonly reoccurring heavy truck first introduced in Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969. The second incarnation of the vehicle, debuting in Grand Theft Auto III, would go on to repeatedly appear in following titles.
- Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
- Grand Theft Auto IV
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
A common cargo-hauler, the Flatbed appears in the industrial districts of each game's respective city. As is to be expected, the Flatbed is very heavy and bulky, so it's slow to accelerate and hard to maneuver in tight spaces. Once it gets going, though, its top speed is decent, and although its ramming power is considerable, it's not quite as resilient as the Fire Truck or the Barracks OL, the latter of which is its military equivalent.
When introduced in Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969, the Flatbed was originally depicted as a vehicle more alike those seen in 1960s Britain: An unspecified two-door, four-wheel cab-over lorry with a flat cab (consistently appearing green).
Between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories, the Flatbed's appearance, a large, six wheel standard cab truck, was similar to the Barracks OL, which, in its original appearance in GTA III, began as a Barracks OL without any of the Barracks OL's bed accessories. Throughout the series, the Flatbed's appearance changes very little, with the addition of loads of various cargo in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas, as well as changes to the detailing - mainly the cab (which in its first appearance prominently had no roof - a feature addressed in GTA Vice City). The Flatbed in these games appears to be loosely based on the M939 "5-ton" truck, the only exception is the GTA Liberty City Stories version, which has a cab somewhat similar to the Linerunner, and will only be loaded with three planks of wood resting against some covered crates.
The Flatbed in GTA IV was redesigned to resemble a Peterbilt truck and features MTL badging, but remains functionally identical. It can be found in the industrial areas of Bohan carrying various loads; a shipping container, a crane attachment, or nothing.
GTA Vice City Stories
- Parked southward pay n spray in Viceport.
- Parked near east entrance of Escobar International Airport.
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A Flatbed in GTA Vice City, loaded with pipes.
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A Flatbed in GTA San Andreas, loaded with wooden crates.
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A Flatbed in GTA IV, loaded with a shipping container.
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A Flatbed in GTA IV, with a mounted crane.