It combines the very best of old and new.
More than most other automakers, Ford likes to pander to the nostalgic sensibilities of its fans with heritage-inspired editions of its vehicles. This year alone, we've already been introduced to the Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition that is a tribute to the AM GT-1 prototype, as well as the F-150 Heritage Edition that celebrates 75 years of the F-Series with its classic paint job.
But it's restomod specialty companies like Singer that do the heritage theme better than even the leading automakers. Another such company is Velocity Modern Classics that's now revealed its new signature model, the 1970 Ford F-250 - a truck that superbly blends classic style with 21st-century technology.
This Signature Series F-250 will be part of a larger program that uses 1967-1972 pickups as a base and breathes new life into them with a modern suspension and a custom, high-quality interior.
But perhaps one of the most exciting parts of this pickup is its Ford Performance 5.0-liter Gen II Coyote V8 crate engine. This legendary V8 has just found itself a new home in the seventh-generation Mustang, and although Velocity hasn't said what its outputs are in this guise, we know that a 435-horsepower version of the Gen II can be purchased from Ford for $7,975. In the body of the classic F-250, the V8 is paired with an automatic overdrive transmission, an Atlas II transfer case, and four-wheel drive. A proprietary serpentine belt system and custom exhaust completes a comprehensive mechanical package.
Although this Signature F-250's brawny design will garner all the attention, it's not merely a looker. Velocity started with a Roadstershop RS4 chassis and then added new Dana axles - Dana 44 on the front and Dana 60 at the back. Custom-valved AFCO shocks not only make it a better off-roader but provide the pickup with a decent ride, and there are front/rear coilovers. With that powerful V8 underfoot, the rig can be brought to a halt efficiently too; it has Hydraboost-assisted Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes.
Velocity has done a fantastic job of keeping the exterior as close as possible to the original 1970 model. The truck sits high on 33-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain T/A K02 tires covering 18-inch paint-matched wheels, although there are also polished wheel options. It is finished in custom paint, and Velocity's website showcases several different color variations like a blue middle body matched with an off-white roof and lower section.
JW Speaker LED headlights should provide greater illumination than the original bulbs, and there is new glass and weather seals to keep the cabin properly insulated.
Moving inside, there is an attractive bench seat finished in premium leather. Although the basic architecture is still of a pickup interior from another era, Velocity has equipped this F-250 with a Dakota Digital gauge cluster set in a custom dashboard. A Retro Sound Huntington head unit can play tunes via the Kicker Audio sound system with Bluetooth capability for connecting your smartphone. A Vintage Air system handles climate control, and there is a GT Performance steering wheel with tilt adjustability.
"The Velocity F-250 is a representation of an incredible, innovative team that brought an idea to life with inspired renderings, calculated visions, and passion," said Cody Dabney, Director of Custom Vehicle Operations. "Velocity is run by a group of individuals that are consumed with bringing classic restoration artistry to the modern world. The F-250 High Roller is the pinnacle of our new F-Series Heritage Edition and a beautiful addition to our signature series."
Beautiful it may be, but this Velocity F-250 also costs a pretty penny. Velocity states a starting price of $285,000, but we'd bet that this can exceed $300,000 easily depending on the buyer's chosen options. To put that into perspective, a new Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab in range-topping Limited guise begins at only $90,080. But restomods are rarely about logic or value; these are emotional purchases that allow owners the chance to drive a classic while enjoying the performance and comforts of a far more modern vehicle. In that context, the Velocity Signature Series F-250 is a great piece of kit for those who can afford it.