Babied 1996 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4 is Looking for a New Crib

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Judging by the looks of its paint and interior, it’s hard to believe this F-150 XLT is 23 years old and has nearly 40,000 miles on it.

A lot can happen in 23 years, especially to a truck. A random careless driver can run a stop sign and total it. A flood can sweep through a city and transform it from a workhorse into a seahorse. Many other pickups are driven and worked to death. But not this one. This 1996 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4 managed to avoid dummies, disaster, and dirty jobs its entire life.

The folks at Vanguard Motor Sales in Plymouth, Michigan, got their hands on it and now they’re looking for a buyer. According to the listing for it, this short-bed F-150 was previously owned by the same family who purchased originally it back in the 1990s. They put 39,000 miles on it, but all of those must have just been to the grocery store and back because everything shines like new. 1996 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4

Vanguard’s description states the “interior, paint, and body is all original as it rolled off the lot in 1996.” However, a little bit of extra TLC never hurts. In the video above, Vanguard’s sales manager, Greg, states that the F-150 has “been treated to a cosmetic restoration.” Whatever that involved, it worked. The chrome gleams. The red and white paint absolutely shimmers on the straight body panels. 1996 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4

It’s pretty much the same story under the hood. The 5.0-liter V8 sits inside a pristine engine bay and puts its power to the road through a 4R70W four-speed automatic, a 3.55 rear end, and, when necessary, four-wheel drive. 1996 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4

The gray cloth interior is equally spotless. Whoever drove it before didn’t leave much of an impression – and that’s a good thing. There are no rips, tears, stains, or any other typical signs of use. As Greg puts it, “It doesn’t look like those seats were ever sat in.” 1996 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4

The biggest giveaway that this F-150 lived an easy life is its bed. It’s completely unlined yet only has a few small scratches on it. Greg says, “It might had to haul a couple of lawn chairs, maybe a bail of hay or something. This thing never worked very hard.” 1996 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4

Not everything on this rig is stock, though. It has a four-inch lift and sports a set of new BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires on 15-inch chrome aftermarket wheels.

Time has been kind to this F-150. In fact, with its new lift and tires, it looks even better than it did back in ’96. There’s a downside,
though. This truck may look new, but it’s also going for a new-truck price: $46,900 – in between the starting prices of the 2019 F-150 Lariat and King Ranch models.


Photos: Vanguard Motor Sales

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

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