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The Ford SVT Lightning that never was


#1

We miss the SVT Lightning, the most entertaining pickup ever to bolt off an assembly line. Ford offered the hot truck in two generations: Model years 1993 through ’95, and ’99 through 2004. A cool concept for a third-generation edition was presented at the 2003 North American International (Detroit) Auto Show, but for a variety of reasons Ford never followed through with production.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/09/06/the-ford-svt-lightning-that-never-was

#2

I own an all black 2001 Ford F150 Lightning pulling about 450 hp that I love to drive and would not trade or sell it, ever. When I drive it I feel like I don’t need a hot rod ( car ), as I can carry all kinds of stuff in the back. Can’t do that with a hot rod and I have owned many in the past. This is my last one, I’m 73 now and can’t work on them like I did when I was not so old. This Lightning is everything to me and when I can’t drive it anymore, my daughter wants it. I recently was at a gas station when a guy came running over to take some photos of my truck and he yelled out that this was the first Lightning he had ever seen up close. That was cool.


#3

I’m about to buy a 450 hp 2000 svt F150 Lightning. So exciting. Red with $100k km and $15000. Apparently it has a 2004 drivetrain and $10,000 worth of engine extras. Driven softly and I trust is in the best of condition (a Relative selling it to me). Is this a reasonable deal?


#4

That’s a great price for all the engine and updated drive train. I wouldn’t worry about the 100,000 miles with all it’s got in it you will smile every time you start it up. And you will probably keep that smile for a long, long time. Just be careful where you park it.