Gorgeous 1990 F-150 Rocks Unique Paint Job and Proud Heritage

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It’s not often that we come across F-150 pickups of this caliber. But when we do, they sell for stratospheric prices.

Life moves pretty fast. It’s amazing to think that 1990 was 27 years ago, but here we are, feeling nostalgic for a truck that seemed like just another used car just a few short years ago.

This 1990 Ford F-150 Lariat recently sold on Bring a Trailer for a lot more coin than any of us would’ve predicted — even with the unique paint job. This XLT Lariat 4×2 with a long bed isn’t just another used truck, though. Not by a long shot. With a scant 43,000 miles on the odometer, this maroon-and-tan princess looks to have lived a very pampered life with its original owner.

We would’ve loved to be next in line, but with a sold price of $10,600, this unique piece of American automotive history must’ve gone to a collector who will likely sit on it and wait, and wait, and wait.


The creamy exterior color combination suits the squared-off body perfectly. That boxy shape likely contributed to a few rock chips that were apparently touched up over the years, but overall the paint has aged very gracefully. We dig the era-correct Lund sun visor, too.

On the inside, the maroon cloth interior has aged very gracefully, looking practically new. Despite the low production levels of the exterior paint codes, the velvet-ish interior is somewhat common for that era. Overall, the truck looks delightfully dated and a bit cozy, like the wood-paneled basement at Grandma’s house.


One era-correct detail we’re not fond of, though, are the Firestone Wilderness A/T tires. You might recall how a design defect resulted in deadly tread separation issues, primarily on Ford trucks like the Explorer. In fact, it’s still one of the most talked-about automotive recalls.

All of these tires should have been recalled and destroyed well over a decade ago, but this time capsule 1990 F-150 still wears them proudly. Driving on old, dry-rotted tires is a dicey proposition as it is, let alone these ticking time bombs.


Still, we’d be glad to trailer this thing home, install another set of raised white letter tires, and enjoy the truck with lots of tender loving care for years to come.  Heck, we might even keep one of those Wilderness A/T tires on the wall of the garage as a conversation piece!

What do you think, worth nearly eleven-grand?

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Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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