Regional 1st Gen Raptor Spot from Texas: Throwback Thursday
Short commercial highlights unique features that made the original Raptor a legend.
This week’s Throwback Thursday video comes to us from the 5starford YouTube channel and it features a commercial for the 1st generation Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. This commercial was made for Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford in North Richland Hills, Texas and it ran during a broadcast of Monday Night Football – highlighting the key features of the original Raptor.
Key SVT Upgrades
This commercial doesn’t have much flash and flare, focusing instead on the features of the Raptor that made it unique from the rest of the F-150 line. As the video begins, we see the wheels and tires, the dual-outlet exhaust, the embroidered seats, the interior Auxiliary switch panel and the bold “FORD” grille.
Next, the original Raptor begins cruising around in a field and on a variety of dirt roads. During the moving footage, which looks like it could have all been shot in Texas, on-screen captions point out the key features. We see the all-terrain off-road tires, the “extra-strength components” of the high performance suspension, the big-bore 6.2-liter V8 engine and “in-your-face bold design”. The video also claims that the SVT F-150 offers maximum rear-wheel traction, which is an odd thing to say about an off-road-ready four-wheel-drive truck.
Doing Texas Things
In addition to focusing on the unique features of the original Raptor, the commercial is chock full of the type of driving that non-Texans are led to believe that Texans do everyday. While not everyone in Texas drives fast on dirt roads and though plowed fields, this commercial from the Texas-based Ford dealership is likely relatable for many local drivers.
More importantly, with the Raptor being built to shine away from paved roads, the information and video footage in this commercial applies to the majority of prospective SVT F-150 buyers back in 2010. Footage like this combined with the key attributes made the Raptor one of the bestselling performance trucks ever.