Wrecked Auction Ford Raptor Holds One Pleasant Surprise

By -

Nabbing a great deal on a first-gen Raptor at auction proves to be an even better idea given what’s under the hood.

For many of us, the idea of buying a wrecked vehicle on the cheap and restoring it is pretty appealing. Which is why many of us follow closely as various YouTubers do exactly that, over and over again. Some of these handy folks have even made a living out of documenting their exploits, including B is for Build.

But after fixing up everything from a Nissan GT-R to a Lamborghini Huracan, the man behind the channel found himself needing something to tow and haul parts in. Thus, he went out and found this wrecked first-gen Ford Raptor at auction and jumped on it.

Obviously, even a stock Raptor would make one heck of a fun and useful work truck for anybody. Not to mention the fact that they hold their value like few other vehicles out there. But it turns out, this particular truck holds at least one big secret that makes it an even better buy.

Ford Raptor

On the surface, this Raptor didn’t look too bad. But while leafing through the auction photos, our host noticed that this truck had a Roush supercharger under the hood. And then, some upgraded FOX shocks. “I saw that somebody had put eight grand in supercharging under the hood and five grand of suspension,” he notes. “And I thought, this has probably been pretty well taken care of. And it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

There are other positive things to note as well. This Raptor was an insurance company sale, so it hasn’t been doctored to look better than it is. It’s also equipped with a light bar and a pair of pods, an aftermarket front bumper, and a couple of aftermarket wheels and tires. The damage looks like an easy fix as well, so the “great deal” our host received looks even better at this point.

Ford Raptor

All of which just goes to show you – there are, in fact, some good Raptor deals out there. You just have to dig deep to find them!

Join the Ford Truck Enthusiasts forums now!

Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

Comments ()