This 2003 F-150 Lightning couldn't be more perfect.
If you're looking for a hardcore pickup truck, then you have some great choices at the moment. Among them are the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Ram 1500 TRX. However, they are truly off-road-focused. Although they're fast on pavement too, there's still a group of enthusiasts who desire the truck equivalent to a muscle car. Unfortunately, no OEM offers such a truck these days and, as far as we know, this won't change anytime soon.
This is a shame, especially in regards to Ford. Why? Because Ford sold a muscle truck back in 1993 when it launched the F-150 SVT Lightning. SVT stands for Special Vehicle Team, which has since been merged with/rebranded as Ford Performance. That first-generation truck was sold for only two model years but remerged in 1999 when the F-150 was completely redesigned.
The second-generation Lightning, like its predecessor, featured a number of suspension modifications designed to make the truck go fast on pavement. It also had numerous body enhancements and unique badging. Under the hood, however, it was clear Ford meant business. Power came from a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 with 360 horsepower (later increased to 380 hp) and 450 lb-ft of torque. Ford even had to use the F-350's heavy-duty transmission in order to handle that output.
According to Ford, the SVT Lightning could go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and had a top speed of 149 mph. To compare, a 2003 Mustang Cobra hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and topped off at 155 mph. So yeah, the F-150 Lightning was fast for its time. The fact it was a truck made it all the more special.
Unfortunately, the F-150's 2004 redesign did not include the SVT Lightning. Today, some Ford dealerships are selling so-called F-150 SVT Lightning spiritual successors by way of modification packages, but sometimes there's no replacement for the original.
Enter this 2003 F-150 SVT Lighting up for sale on Bring A Trailer. Offered at no reserve with bidding set to end next Wednesday, this street rod truck has 69,000 miles and is on its third owner. It's also been modified by way of a lowered suspension, aftermarket shocks and intercooler, a BBK Performance throttle body, MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust system, and an aluminum differential cover. The sale includes the window sticker, SVT certificate of authenticity, and all removed stock parts.