The High-Performance Pickup Ford Refused To Build

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It packs the same supercharged V8 as a Mustang.

Before the Ford Ranger, there was the Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Built between 2000 and 2010, the Explorer Sport Trac was Ford's first midsize pickup. In 2005, Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) created a high-performance concept dubbed the Sport Trac Adrenalin Concept, which was presented at the 2005 New York Auto Show. 15 years later, Ford's high-performance truck concept is going under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson's Fall Auction.

Under the hood, the Sport Trac Adrenalin Concept is powered by the same 4.6-liter supercharged V8 engine found in the 2004 Mustang SVT Cobra producing 390 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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At the time, the concept was designed to be used either in drag races or haul a trailer with up to 6,000 pounds. SVT also tuned the suspension with special shocks, springs, and stabilizer bars. The concept rides on 21-inch alloy wheels with high-performance brakes and sports a ventilated hood, side vents on the front fenders, and a dual exhaust system. The result is one mean-looking pickup.

Ford intended to sell a production version of the Adrenalin Concept in 2007 and offer it with rear- and all-wheel drive. Ultimately, the performance pickup never entered production. Instead, Ford launched an optional Adrenalin package for the Explorer Sport Trac in 2008.

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Sadly, SVT's supercharged V8 was not part of the design, but some of the design elements from the concept were carried over including blacked-out headlights, a black grille, unique bumpers and front fenders, and 20-inch wheels. Ford sold the concept in 2010, but now it's looking for a new owner. The Sport Trac was also discontinued the same year.

Barrett Jackson hasn't provided any auction estimates, but there's no reserve. Considering its rarity, this one-off concept could fetch a fortune when bidding begins this fall. The lucky winning bidder will be the proud owner of one of the coolest truck concepts, but they won't be able to enjoy it on the road because the concept is not street legal.

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