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Pick of the Day: Ford’s other Highboy

Not a hot rod, but a 1972 F-250 Highboy 4x4


The term “Highboy” has been tied to Ford history a couple of times.  A 1928 through 1932 Ford roadster, for example, was called a Highboy if it had the fenders and running boards removed, exposing the frame rails.  The Highboy name returned in 1967, this time in reference to a 4×4 pickup.

The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Ford F-250 Highboy 4×4 pickup truck (click on the link to view the advertisement) listed on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Redmond, Oregon. 

“This is not only a very rare bumpside Highboy in excellent overall condition, but it is also believed to be a factory tri-color truck,” the seller states.  

The listing itemizes some of the cosmetic and mechanical work that was carried out in preparation for the sale of this multi-tone green pickup. 

“We painted this beauty back to its original colors and added a new spray-in bed liner.  We have welded in new floor pans and given it new wheels and tires that look awesome.  Inside, it’s got new upholstery, carpet, and headliner.”  

The Highboy nomenclature, to be truthful, wasn’t coined by Ford itself. The name came about presumably because of 1969 Ford print ad which called the truck a “factory high rider.”  The consensus among enthusiasts is that a Highboy is an F-250 4×4 built between 1967 and 1977.5 with a “divorced” (or independent) transfer case, which made the front end sit higher.  Ford leveled out the body by installing lift blocks in the rear.  This setup continued through 1977, at which time Ford switched to married transfer cases – thereby evolving into what became known as the Lowboy.

Power for this pickup comes from a 360cid V8 which the dealer says is “strong-running,” and a 4-speed manual transmission sends power to all wheels.   “This truck is ready for work or play,” the listing states. 

Worth noting: The legendary modified, lifted Bigfoot monster truck, offered in scale-model size in the early 1980s as a battery-powered toy, was in fact a 1974 F-250 Highboy.  This tri-green, nicely restored 1972 model might be the next best thing to owning the real deal.  And this one is street-legal.

The dealer is asking $34,500 for this Highboy, which includes free transport in the lower 48 United States. 

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

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
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.



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