Monster Motored 1955 Ford F-100 Panel Truck Really Hauls
If you’re going to drop two and a half bills on an old Ford F-100 panel truck, you might as well make it fast!
Back in the ’50s, panel trucks were somewhat of the van’s predecessor. A hybrid vehicle of sorts, one with the capability of a pickup truck, yet with a large enclosed area with which to haul goods. Today, panel trucks like this gorgeous 1955 Ford F-100 are revered more for their amazing looks than their practicality. And in the case of this one, which we spotted at RK Motors, designed to haul more than parts or flowers.
Because what lurks under the curvy sheetmetal of this high-dollar build is not your typical mild mannered, fuel-injected crate motor. Instead, the builder saw fit to outfit it with nothing less than a stroked 547 cubic inch Ford Racing monster. With twin 750-cfm carbs on top, the big motor has been dyno’d at a healthy 570 hp and 595 lb-ft of torque.
Of course, the engine isn’t the only story here. Those acres of sheetmetal look fabulous in Mercedes Silver, with a tasteful set of iconic 17-inch American Torq Thrust II wheels tucked up underneath the fat fenders. But it wasn’t always that way. According to the seller, the previous owner located the ex-floral delivery Ford F-100 sitting in a church parking lot. Many years and around $250k later, no one would ever mistake it for what it used to be.