Nicely Preserved ’96 Ford F-150 XLT Heads to Auction

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1996 Ford F-150 XLT

Back in 1996, someone ordered all the right options on their new truck, and hardly ever drove it.

Pickup trucks are workhorses. Until very recently, pickup trucks were seen largely as tools to be used and abused, not collectibles to be coveted. Clean, low-mileage, well-preserved trucks in mint condition from the 1990s or earlier are truly impressive, rare sights to behold.

Consider this 33,000 mile 1996 Ford F-150 XLT selling on BringATrailer. BringATrailer usually focuses on exceptional examples of rare and desirable sports cars. The name implies that it’s a good idea to hitch your trailer to your tow rig to pick up the new project or collectible of your dreams. It’s unusual that the site features something that could be a tow rig in its own right.¬†1996 Ford F-150 XLT

That’s just a testament to the incredible condition of this 23-year-old Ford pickup. This XLT model is a single cab, standard bed truck. Being an XLT, it’s got plenty of chrome trim to offset the flawless Raven Black paint. The ten-hole aluminum wheels, among our favorite factory Ford truck wheels of this era, are wrapped in white-letter Goodyear Wrangler RT/S tires.

The only deviations from stock are a fiberglass tonneau cover; beneath that, you’ll find a bed liner. Inside, even the factory cassette deck remains installed in the dashboard. The maroon cloth interior looks great with the black exterior; it’s a delightfully ’90s color combination that we wish would make a return on modern pickups.

1996 Ford F-150 XLT

Under the hood, you’ll find the venerated 4.9 liter, 300 cubic inch inline six-cylinder beloved by Ford Truck fans for its reliability and torque. That’s backed up by a five-speed manual transmission sending power to all four wheels.

All in all, from the colors, options, body configuration, and drivetrain, this would have to be one of the more desirable Ford pickup configurations of that era, next to the Lightning. It’s very lucky indeed that it survived the years with so few miles. Currently, the bidding’s up to $9,500, and we expect it to top $10,000 before the auction ends.

1996 Ford F-150 XLT

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Longtime motorcyclist and automotive journalist Cam Vanderhorst is a regular contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum and MB World, among others.

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