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With the Lightning pickup, Ford seems to have tapped into a niche market that nobody else was able to conquer. Both Chevy and Dodge made a few half-hearted attempts, but quite honestly, no other truck was able to deliver the Lightnings combination of performance, luxury, and utility and today trucks like this low-mileage 2001 model represent a massive bang for the buck. With just 18,110 original miles and just one owner, this truck has obviously not been a daily driver and it shows. Ford gave the Lightning a very unique look that stands out without diluting the F150s looks or practicality. And quite honestly, its cool to see one of these that isnt bright red or white, with the nasty gloss black finish giving it the subtle look of a heavyweight fighter in a tuxedo. The deep chin spoiler is in excellent condition, and since its usually the first casualty of road use, thats very telling. The rest of the paint is exceptionally nice and its clear that someone spent a few hours every Saturday detailing the entire truck. It has not been modified save for a hard-shell tonneau cover, which is more evidence that this is a truck you can own without worries. The bed shows some signs of use, but fortunately theres a heavy-duty rubber mat that means the steel underneath is still in great shape, and that tonneau cover means its the worlds biggest weatherproof trunk. As a halo product, Ford made just about everything standard equipment on the Lightning, effectively blurring the line between truck, sports coupe, and luxury sedan. The power-adjustable cloth buckets are perhaps the most comfortable chairs found in any Ford product, and a wide center console allows a third person in a pinch. The controls will look familiar to anyone whos driven an F150, but SVT added their own touches like white-faced gauges, SVT embroidery on the seats, and a speedometer that shows 140 MPH, which is probably not just wishful thinking. Everything else, including power windows, A/C, and a powerful stereo with in-dash CD changer, was standard equipment. There is a shocking lack of major wear on any of the interior surfaces, again proving that someone was very careful with this potent pickup. Potent is the right word, too. The engine is a 5.4 liter OHC V8 with an intercooled supercharger, making a total of 380 horsepower. The 4-speed automatic transmission was beefed up with internals from the gearboxes designed to live behind diesels, and an aluminum driveshaft spins a 9-inch Track-Lok rear end with 3.73 gears. Smoking the tires is as easy as tickling the accelerator with you big toe. Ford upgraded the trucks suspension with Bilstein shocks, and the ride height has been lowered all around for an aggressive look. Even the brakes are massive, with discs at all four corners. Best of all, despite all this performance-enhancing hardware, payload capacity is a useful 1400 pounds and you can still haul a trailer. Its completely rust-free and everything remains in outstanding condition, with no signs of abuse or neglect underneath. Gorgeous 18x9.5-inch alloys make a bold statement and wear what appear to be the original 295/45/18 Goodyears, which might need to be replaced if youre going to put the truck into regular service. The ultimate hauler or a sports car with a bed? Either way, the Lightning is a legendary piece of hardware that may never be repeated. Get a great one by calling us today!
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