While off-road pickups are all the rage these days, a couple decades ago, any time an automaker rolled out a new specialty truck, it seemed to be geared more toward on-road performance. Trucks such as the Ford F150 Lightning and the Dodge Ram SRT-10 came with big engines, lowered suspensions and unique bodywork, leveraging their rear-wheel drive architectures to make them into novel muscle-car alternatives. On that note, here are five fast pickups from the era of the muscle truck that are currently for sale on Autotrader.
The Ram SRT-10 was a high-performance version of the Ram 1500 full-size pickup. In place of the regular truck’s 6- or 8-cylinder engine, Dodge plucked the 8.3-liter V10 from under the hood of the Viper and shoehorned it into the Ram’s engine bay. The Ram SRT-10 made 500 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque, and it came with either a 6-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission that sent power to just the rear wheels. Sold from just 2004 through 2006, the Ram SRT-10 originally debuted in a single-cab, short-bed configuration, but Dodge introduced a quad cab model for 2005 that offered more seats and greater towing capacity, allowing it to serve as more of an all-purpose truck. Altogether, 10,046 Ram SRT-10s were sold in total. Single-cab models seem to have generally seen less use over the years and, thus, come better preserved. This one, a 2005 model with 37,502 miles on the odometer, is located in Sioux City, NE with an asking price of $21,500. Find a Dodge Ram for sale
Sold from the 1990 through 1994 model years, the Chevrolet Silverado 454 SS followed the muscle truck formula to a T. Under the hood was a 454 cu in. V8 putting out 230 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. While these numbers are laughable by today’s standards, this was plenty of power for the early 1990s. That power was sent to the rear wheels via a standard 3-speed automatic transmission. Other changes included a unique rear axle ratio for more sports-car-like performance, Bilstien shock absorbers and a thicker front stabilizer bar. The Silverado 454 SS was offered only in regular cab, short-bed configuration, and it came only in black with a red interior. This one comes with 70,500 miles on the odometer and is located at a classic car dealership in Grand Rapids, MI with an asking price of $22,900. Find a Chevrolet Silverado for sale
Changing gears for a minute, here we have a Tacoma X-Runner midsize performance pickup from sensible, conservative, dependable Toyota. This one is a little different than the other fast pickups on our list. Sold for the 2005 through 2008 model years, the Tacoma X-Runner came with the same 4.0-liter V6 and 6-speed manual transmission offered in other Tacomas, but it offered a lowered suspension, street-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers and increased structural bracing. Altogether, this made for a package that was more suited for back-road curves and track-day exploits than the drag strip. The Tacoma X-Runner also came with unique bodywork, a hood scoop and unique wheels. While Tacomas tend to hold their value remarkably well, it’s possible to pick up a used X-Runner for a relatively low price. This one located in Alpharetta, GA comes with 160,000 miles on the odometer and an asking price of just under $10K. Find a Toyota Tacoma for sale
Before the Raptor trim took over as the Ford F150’s halo performance model, there was the Lightning. Debuting as a trim level on the ninth-generation F150, the original F150 Lightning was sold from 1993 through 1995 and packed a 5.8-liter V8 making 240 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque, putting it on par with the Silverado 454 SS. Also like the 454 SS, the Lightning offered only an automatic transmission — although, in the case of the Ford, it was a 4-speed. Additional changes included thicker frame rails and a unique suspension layout that resulted in an overall 1-in drop up front and 2.5-in drop in the rear. The Lightning even came with unique front bucket seats with electrically adjustable side bolsters and lumbar supports. Altogether, 11,563 were made over three years of production. This 1993 model is offered by a private seller in Mansfield, OH with 81,000 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $25,000. Find a Ford F-150 for sale
The second-generation F150 Lightning debuted for the 1999 model year and was based on the tenth-generation F150. Like the original, the second-gen Lightning packed a V8 engine, a 4-speed automatic and standard RWD. In this case, though, that V8 was a much more potent supercharged 5.4-liter unit putting out between 360 and 380 hp and between 440 and 450 lb-ft of torque, depending on the model year. Additional changes included a limited-slip rear differential, a unique front stabilizer bar and performance shocks.Going from 0-60 miles per hour took around 5.2 seconds, which was pretty fast for the era. Like the original, the second-gen Lightning was only available in single-cab configuration with a bed measuring 6 feet 6 inches, although in this case, the bed was a less-practical stepside design. Altogether, just over 28,000 second-gen F150 Lightnings were made. This one is a 2003 model, which means it comes with the more powerful engine. It’s at a dealer in Rolling Meadows, IL with 96,000 miles on the odometer and an asking price of $14,900. Find a Ford F-150 for sale