Our Top 5 Special Edition Ford F-Series Pickup Trucks
Over the years, Ford has made a crap-ton of pickup trucks. But to keep loyalists happy, and add some freshness along the way, Ford employed some special editions. We’ve scoured the internet to find these special editions, and here are our top 5 that we love the most.
Here we go, in reverse order:
5. Eddie Bauer Edition
There wasn’t anything particularly special about the Eddie Bauer (shown above) edition Ford F-Series, but it was the start of the company building branding relationships with other companies. If you were an “outdoor enthusiast,” you were probably drawn to this trim level.
4. Any King Ranch Special Edition
King Ranch is a legitimate ranch in Texas. If you ask any Texan, they’ll associate something with the King Ranch name on it with quality and dependability. That’s why it made absolute sense for Ford to offer their pickup trucks (and other vehicles eventually) with a King Ranch trim level.
Not only does it make sense for people in Texas, but the higher trim level appealed to buyers nationwide who wanted better leather, plusher interior materials, and more options. Nowadays, King Ranch sits below Platinum and Limited, but it’s still popular in Texas. Heck, we even know people who would want a King Ranch edition of the Raptor!
3. F-150 SVT Lightning
The idea of a performance street truck, at least on paper, is a bit silly. Why would anyone want a truck that doesn’t do all the things you’d expect a truck to do? But then you drive one, and you’re like, “Oh! I get it now!” That’s how the Lightning was.
Too bad it was killed in 2004, but if you believe the rumors there might be one coming back.
2. Harley-Davidson Edition
Where the King Ranch appealed to Texans, the Harley-Davidson Edition was aspirational for all Americans. It was a good brand partnership, and if you owned a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, you’d almost have to have a Harley-Davidson F-Series to go along with it.
It died in 2008, but many of the features ended up in the Platinum trim level, which gave buyers a premium alternative to King Ranch if that wasn’t their thing.
1. SVT Raptor
Of course the number 1 special edition was going to be the Raptor! How could it NOT be?
In the earliest of days, the Raptor came with a 5.7L V8, but shortly afterwards Ford upped the ante with a 411 horsepower 6.2L V8. That beast of a truck continued through the 2014 model year, and was put on hold when Ford switched the 2015 F-150 over to the aluminum body.
But the Ford Raptor will return! Later this year, the 2017 Ford Raptor will go on sale to a whole new generation of off-road, performance truck enthusiasts, and looks like it’ll be the best Raptor yet.
Powering the new Raptor is a 450 (estimated) horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. But have no fear fans of performance, the new Raptor should outperform the old Raptor in every measurable metric. It’s a truck we can’t wait to drive!
What do you think? What is your favorite F-Series special edition? Let us know over in the forums!
photos via [Eddie Bauer: Blocker Motors]