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The Early 2000s Produced Some Awesome Super-Trucks

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Take your pick of Ford F-150 Lightning or Ram SRT-10 coming up for auction.

These days, performance-oriented pickup trucks are all about jumping dunes and traversing terrain at rapid pace. But about a decade and a half ago, these amped-up pickups were all about putting the power down to the pavement. And if you miss the approach they took over today's Raptors and Power Wagons, there's a couple of fine examples that are in need of new homes.

In one corner, we have a 2002 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning. Based on the tenth-generation F-Series truck, the Lightning boasted a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 kicking out 380 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque.

Driven to the rear wheels alone through a four-speed automatic, it could run to 60 mph in the low five-second range. Out of more than 28,000 made in total, just 4,726 were produced that year, of which this was the 4,126th. Though it may not be to everyone's taste (or ours), it was treated to some airbrushed lightning graphics inside, out, and under the hood – probably commissioned by an AC-130 gunship airman who must have owned it in period, judging by the graphics on the hard bed cover and rear window. For our money, though, we'd sooner go fo the 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10.

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The full-size pickup was powered by the Viper's 8.3-liter V10, kicking out 500 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque to positively embarrass Ford's Lightning. It could run to 60 mph in the high fours, cover the quarter-mile in 13.6 seconds, and top out at 147 mph.

Fewer than 10,000 were produced, but this was one of just 52 made for the members of the Viper Club of America in electric blue with dual white racing stripes – far more attractive, to our eyes, than the airbrush job on the Lightning along which it will be auctioned at RM Sotheby's Ford Lauderdale sale at the end of March.