This is as perfect a truck as you're likely to find.
If there's one thing we can be sure about regarding the all-new fourteenth-generation Ford F-150, it's this: there won't be a new SVT Lightning. Ford Performance has replaced the SVT division and the automaker no longer sees a market for a hot rod truck. Sure, there are a few Ford dealerships who are custom-building their own and very impressive reborn F-150 SVT Lightnings, but we can all forget about an OEM version. Instead, Ford is focusing its attention on electrification, specifically the 2022 F-150 EV. But there was a time when supercharged V8s ruled the day.
The first-generation SVT Lighting debuted way back in 1993 with a grand total of 240 horsepower even with V8 power. Fast forward to 1991 when the second-gen model arrived.
This time, power came from the Blue Oval's 5.4-liter Triton V8 and an Eaton supercharger for an output of 360 hp and 440 lb-ft. These figures were increased two years later to 380 hp and 450 lb-ft. The only transmission offered was a four-speed automatic, which sent power to the rear wheels only. To say this F-150 wasn't your typical full-size truck is kind of an understatement. Zero to 62 mph requires only about 5.2 seconds, an amazing time for a near 20-year-old truck.
Other notable factory modifications included a limited-slip differential, heavy-duty battery, improved engine cooling, and upgraded front and rear shock absorbers. Styling-wise, there's a unique front fascia with integrated fog lights, new front lower air deflectors, special 18-inch wheels and tires, and a body color-matching fiberglass bed cover.
By 2004, Ford decided to pull the permanent plug on the SVT Lightning program, even though a respectable 28,000 or so units were sold during its six model year run. Many hoped the eleventh-generation F-150, which arrived for 2004, would also produce a hot rod truck, but Ford ultimately determined there was no business case.
But the good news is that there's still a relatively decent supply of high-quality used examples out there, but this accident-free example for sale on Bring A Trailer is perhaps the finest one we've ever seen. It has clocked only 21,000 miles and is in mint condition. The original window sticker is also included in the sale. As of this writing, the highest bid is $11,750 and the auction will end on November 16.