Ford’s Original Sport Truck Is Up for Grabs


Ford’s Original Sport Truck Is Up for Grabs

With talks of an EV future, it’s undeniable that the automotive world is changing rapidly. For many, this is exciting. For others, it’s a tad overwhelming. Sometimes there is comfort—great feelings of nostalgia—in stepping back some 30 years to a time when the 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning was brand new. Honestly, the regular cab, short wheelbase, two-wheel drive performance pickup would get its butt spanked by pretty much everything on the full-size truck market today, but back then, the special Ford Lightning Package was as revolutionary as today’s EVs. The highly coveted old-body-style (OBS) Ford Lightning will forever be remembered as Ford’s beloved OG sport truck, engineered by the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT).

The year was 1993, and the SVT Ford F-150 Lightning was Ford’s entry into the performance sport truck market. Its relatively short lifespan that totaled nine years (the first-gen running from 1993-1995 followed by the rounder-bodied second-gen from 1999-2004) would make it all the more desirable. The Lightning nameplate has since been revived as Ford’s electric F-150.

The first-gen F-150 Lightning SVT was powered by a big ol’ naturally aspirated 351-cu-in 5.8-liter Windsor V-8 that was modded up enough to result in 240 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque, a bump of 25 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque over the non-Lightning F-150. It had special suspension bits that made it lower for sportier handling, and an air dam with foglamps functionally jazzed up the front end. Among a host of Lightning-specific features, the truck was graced with killer Lightning exterior graphics and embroidered headrests inside reminded owners that the SVT Lightning Package was a notch above the ordinary F-150.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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