Still Ford Tough: 1983 F-150 XLT pickup in original condition

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage all-original survivor

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The F-150 still has its original paint and trim

The Ford F-Series pickup truck is American icon that has been around since 1948 – now in its 13th generation.  On top of that, for 43 consecutive years, the Ford F-Series pickup has been the best-selling vehicle in America. 

It’s hardly even a competition:  In 2019, Ford sold 896,000 F-Series pickups.  The next closest contender in the top rankings was the Ram with about 633,000.  And in third place was the Silverado with 575,000.  America loves its pickup trucks. 

Despite selling in such large volumes, the number of original trucks that remain in nice condition 30 or even 20 years down the road is relatively small, because these trucks were built to be workhorses. 

The Pick of the Day is an exception, a 1983 Ford F-150 two-tone, long-bed pickup with the XLT package, and it has been driven only 29,000 miles.  Aside from cosmetic patina that comes from being all original, it’s showing very little age. 

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The seventh-generation F-Series that launched in 1980 and ran through 1986 came with a full redesign both cosmetically and mechanically.  The largest engine available at the time was a 5.8 liter, 351-cubic-inch V8. 

This F-150, advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in West Chester, Pennsylvania, is powered by the more fuel-friendly (yet peppy, according to the seller) 300-cubic-inch straight six, coupled to a four-speed manual transmission.  It is said to be “fully serviced” and has brand new tires. 

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The selling dealer reports that the pickup is totally rust-free and it runs and drives beautifully.  It has cold air conditioning, the seller says, as well as sush classy accessories as bumper guards, “California” mirrors and running lights.

This unusual find is priced at for $11,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Nice truck, price seems fair. My ex girlfriend’s dad had one in two tone blue he bought new. When he died in the early 90’s it only had 13,000 miles on it.
    God bless America

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