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Autotrader Find: Pristine 1993 Ford F-150 Lightning

Although the second-generation Ford F-150 Lightning, sold in the late 1990s and early 2000s, is probably the best-known use of Ford’s “Lightning” name for a pickup truck, there was also an original F-150 Lightning — and that’s this. This is a first-generation 1993 F-150 Lightning, and it’s an excellent example of the truck in its original form.

First, a brief overview on the F-150 Lightning. This truck debuted for the 1993 model year as an attempt to capitalize on the increase in high-performance trucks that was happening in the marked with vehicles like the Chevrolet 454 SS and the GMC Syclone. It used a heavy-duty 4-speed automatic and a 5.8-liter V8 with 240 horsepower, which seemed like a big number at the time.

This particular example is special as it’s a first-year truck that’s been heavily preserved and rarely driven. Indeed, it looks about like it did when it rolled off the showroom floor back in 1993 — and it’s currently offered with just 8,668 miles on the odometer, which is an amazing feat after 25 years. The interior and exterior certainly show the miles, with very little wear on either.

Not surprisingly, the Carfax report for this pickup truck shows that it’s a one-owner example, carefully preserved by just one driver since it was purchased new on June 26, 1993, and registered in Maryland. The Carfax report shows a few Ford dealership services over the years, as well. Now this truck is offered for $35,000 by C&R Auto Fleet in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and it’s likely one of the nicest Lightning models left.

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  1. I spent less than that on my 2015 f150 I bought brand new in 2016. Crewcab long box 28500 bucks. And it’s 385 horsepower V8 would probably blow the doors off that thing. As much as I would love to have something like that. I wouldn’t pay what was probably full retail for that thing 25 years ago

  2. Say what you want about the alleged desirability of this thing to enthusiasts of performance trucks, but that body-kit is downright ugly. And those side steps are a joke.

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