We could give you a long-winded introduction to the range of half-ton pickup trucks that Ford launched in 1940 under the masterful eye of chief stylist ET ‘Bob’ Gregoire but, with this bad boy, there really wouldn’t be much point.
This is a true one-off ‘resto mod’ and the quality of the truck speaks for itself – just look at it! Although it looks (and sounds) like a beast, it has been carefully upgraded with many modern conveniences to make cruising a pleasure, not an ordeal – as is often the case with vintage trucks of this era.
Power comes from a suitably meaty 350ci (5.7-litre) V8 which we are told has only done some 1,200 miles, mated to a silky smooth 700R automatic transmission. Power steering and four-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes ensure effortless control, with bags of low-down torque and a monster V8 burble from the exhausts.
The cabin is luxuriously trimmed with all new seats, carpets, door cards and headlining. The gauges are new Dolphin items that look great and allow you to monitor all the essential mechanical functions including oil pressure and temperature. Even the door locks are electric.
The rear load area is equally impressive with lashings of gleaming chequer plate and a custom-made tailgate (although the original ‘Ford’ embossed tailgate is also included if desired, painted to match the rest of the truck). Talking of paint – it looks smart, the two-tone platinum and plum metallic being separated by a hand-painted pinstripe.
Riding on a set of brand new American Racing rims shod with new Cooper Cobra tyres, this truck just oozes street presence. Fast, comfortable and nicely restored, it will draw lots of attention wherever it goes.
As the catalogue went to press it was in the process of being UK registered and it is hoped that a V5C will be in place by the time of the sale. It also has a NOVA document and US Certificate of Title.