• Stock:


  • Engine Size:

    351 Windsor V8

  • Transmission Type:

    4 Speed Automatic

  • Body Color:


  • Interior Color:


  • Miles:

    101,344 (Actual)

  • Location:

    Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas

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Is the first-generation Lightning pickup a future collectable? I wouldn't bet against it. Trucks like this 1995 Ford F150 Lightning practically created the muscle truck segment and even with the passage of two decades, you can see that SVT was on the right track by combining performance and comfort in ways that truck owners had never experienced before.

Taking the smallest, lightest F150 and making it perform was a stroke of genius. Sure, the 5.0 Mustang was prowling the streets, but a truck? No way! The Lightning worked because it was simple. Black paint (which was refinished just recently), a minimum of add-ons that amount to a chin spoiler and rear roll pan, and blacked-out trim that give it a sinister look are the Lightning's claims to fame. Sure, today everyone makes a blacked-out pickup, but in 1995, this sucker was breaking new ground. It shines up beautifully and after the paint was dry, they faithfully reinstalled the 'Lightning' emblems on the sides of the bed as well as the F150 badges on the front fenders, just in case you didn't recognize the most popular vehicle in the world. The grille is in great shape, the bed has a spray-in bedliner, and there's a receiver hitch under the rear roll pan, just in case you want to use this truck as a truck, because the SVT engineers made sure you could do that, too.

The interior was where you found a lot of significant upgrades, the most notable being a pair of comfortable high-back bucket seats. Wearing two-tone gray cloth upholstery and 'Lightning' embroidery, they transformed the utilitarian F150 into a sporty machine that delivered in every way you could want. Every Lightning came loaded with features, including power windows and locks, A/C, cruise control, a tilt wheel, a full instrument panel with tachometer, and a fat leather-wrapped steering wheel. You also got a useful center console with cup holders and plenty of storage and since the Lightning was automatic only, a column shifter was a smart choice. There's a factory AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit in the dash that actually sounds decent and a sliding rear window helps with ventilation when it's not quite warm enough to need the A/C. And all of it is in first-class condition, belying the truck's age and mileage.

You can call this a Mustang with a bed, and there's a lot of truth to it. Power comes from a 351 cubic inch "Windsor" V8, which was a tall-deck version of the venerable 5.0, and it was fortified with all the same goodies that ended up on the Cobra Mustangs: GT-40 iron heads, a tubular GT-40 intake manifold, oversized throttle body, bigger injectors, and a roller valve train, making it a potent performer indeed. To that factory recipe, this one enjoys an upgraded camshaft which gives it a slightly lopey idle and plenty of mid-range punch, as well as an aftermarket air cleaner, but otherwise it appears quite stock. A slick-shifting AOD 4-speed automatic transmission was the only choice and all Lightnings were rear-wheel-drive only. Underneath, you'll note this one carries a very truck-like optional second gas tank, so it has bladder-bursting range on the highway and the exhaust system has been upgraded to a dual setup that ditches the catalytic converter, so it's likely making quite a bit more than the rated 240 horsepower. Big 17-inch wheels were specific to the Lightning and carry giant 275/60/17 Goodyear Eagle radials.

These are very affordable fun, but the future is trucks and the Lightning was the one that started it all. How could that not become collectable? Call now!


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Owner's Manual


Engine Type
Engine Size
351 Windsor V8
Transmission Type
4 Speed Automatic


Body Or Basic Color
Body Style
Pickup Truck


101,344 (Actual)


Interior Or Basic Color
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console

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