Orange You Glad Someone Made This Custom 1941 Ford Panel Truck?
Impressive one-off Ford panel truck with a supercharged V8 pays homage to and features parts from Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
For more than a decade, Ford produced Harley-Davidson edition trucks. The partnership started with the F-150 in the early 2000s and eventually, the Super Duty got the Harley-Davidson treatment of special paint, badges, wheels, and interior. That collaboration ended years ago, but the desire to combine blue oval brawn with Harley style lives on in this unique 1941 Ford panel truck.
In the Mecum Auctions listing for this tangerine dream, the company states that this panel truck is based on a custom-built box frame. The curvaceous, Hot-Wheels-like all-steel bodywork is covered in gleaming candy orange paint. Shiny chrome wheels peek out from under the bulging fenders. Up front, a chromed-out supercharger pokes out of the hood and sits on top of a 351-cubic-inch Windsor V8. That’s connected to a C6 auto, a nine-inch Ford rear end with 4.11 gears, and a dual exhaust system. All of those parts add up to a vehicle that looks like the perfect Harley bike shop promotional vehicle – just ignore the fact that the headlights are from a Mercedes-Benz (we’re guessing they came off of a 1997-2003 CLK).
The hood and doors can be popped open electronically. A look inside the cabin reveals even more glossy orange, tan leather, woodgrain trim, and several Harley parts. Check out the back of the rearview mirror, pedals, shifter, and plaques on the walls of the cargo area. Despite its retro looks, the interior features modern gauges, air conditioning, and a “double din CD stereo with back-up camera,” according to the listing.
It may not be for everyone, but it’s a thoughtful, passion-driven, and well-executed build. No word on how much power it puts down; what we do know is it has the power to make us wish Ford still made Harley-themed trucks.
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