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