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The Lincoln Blackwood Was a Lovable Pickup Truck Failure

Fifteen years ago, Lincoln’s research department turned up an interesting fact: A huge portion of Lincoln owners also owned a pickup truck. Naturally, Lincoln saw an opportunity: They decided they must create a pickup truck.

Instead, they created the Blackwood. See the Lincoln Blackwood models for sale near you

Ah, yes, the Lincoln Blackwood: The brand’s first foray into the pickup truck market — an experiment that lasted for only one model year, 2002, before cancellation. The truck remains one of the most bizarre vehicles ever to wear a Lincoln badge. And in spite of its major failure, I still consider it to be unusually appealing. By “unusually appealing,” what I mean is that each time I see a Blackwood on the street, I take a picture of it and then the owner walks up to ask me if I’m mentally ill.

Here are the basics: To create the Blackwood, Lincoln took a Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickup and gave it new body panels, a new interior and a new grille. Each Blackwood was also fitted with a truly primitive navigation system, a 4-speed automatic transmission and a 300-horsepower 5.4-liter V8. Oh, and a $53,000 sticker price, which is about $70,000 in today’s money, a gigantic markup over the F-150.

Needless to say, the Blackwood didn’t have a very long run: Lincoln built it for only one year, during which time they made just 3,356 total units.

So why did the Blackwood fail? I would say the fact that it had a trunk is one major reason. Yes, that’s right: The Blackwood was a pickup truck with a trunk, or rather a bed cover, which came standard from the factory. The purpose of this was never adequately explained. Neither was the truck’s split rear tailgate, the strange lines painted on its rear fenders or the 1,200-pound payload capacity — which meant the truck came dangerously close to being overloaded with five normal-sized adults sitting inside.

Eventually, Lincoln re-entered the pickup market with the Mark LT, though that lasted only three model years. It’s now been about a decade since we had a Lincoln pickup, and I’d say we’re overdue. Come on, Lincoln, whaddya say? Third time’s the charm! Find a Lincoln Blackwood for sale


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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. It was one of the most beautiful trucks out ther, could not stop for gas and not have people attracted to it Based on a show concept vehicle the original had wenge wood on the sides which was incredibly heavy, so they used a decal. The truck drove like a lincoln, had auto air leveling, could pull a large trailer but the bed was only 15 inches high with the power steel tonneau cover and Dutch tailgate,It had tube lighting all aroound the bed and power supply in what was an over size trunk .  Which is a good description,the naviagation system used 7 CD’s that could be updated for a large subscription. It was very comfortable to ride fun to drive, but loaded with problems from cobbled together electronic gizmos(speed control was touchty) did not have the outside mirror turn signals like the Ford truck. Ford’s Harley Davidson model was close in appearance and with the supercharged motor was a little better, but did not have the lincoln luxery items and  but it was  a lot cheaper-I loved the attention and put over 27,000 pulliing a e trailer with 2 Harleys before getting rid  of it after 1 yr. Too many glitches, electrical problems and evidence of a very hurried cobbled together Cadillac competitor, It was certainly not worth the over $50,000 price.Something different for the golf playing Porsche set who wanted something different, Be like the person who can pay $500 for a cup of coffee, because he could afford to!

    I still miss mine!
  2. I looked up this truck and found your article after reading about an artist, Leni Knight,  in Hawaii who has one. She specifically mentioned her truck in the interview! She loves it. She said that the truck bed is the right size to carry her paintings and it has the lid to cover them.  She also noted that here in Hawaii it is a “men magnet” Men will ask here where she got it. There are only 3 in Hawaii and once  someone went to her house after his friend saw someone driving what he assumed was his truck, followed it and gave him the address. So yes, unusual truck with unusual stories about it and devotees. L0L! (interview was in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Sunday 8/4/19, page D3 in case Lincoln wants to look it up). 

  3. you are all missing the point–I (and my family) have ALWAYS driven lincoln’s- after I sold my ranch, and moved into the suburbs- no dirt roads anymore, I didn’t need a pickup anymore, altho we still have our MKX, I thought, for a kick, I could still have my  pickup, AND a lincoln!!! voila!  yea,it’s useless as a truck, but so what, it’s a LINCOLN== and drives like one, too, along with all the luxury i’ve been used to.

  4. I kinda love this truck, especially at a super low used price point. I believe the inside of the bed is stainless steel – which is stupid and awesome. A lot of trucks see very little proper truck use – problem is the Blackwood drops this pretense and results in you screaming “but what IF I need to haul 2 tons of mulch on a Monday morning on short notice? I need a truck!”

    • You are so right! I solved I problem with buying a small trailer Too in todays market trucks have so much more with electronic GPS,Bluetooth,ect. But none can say I drive a Lincoln! I bought mine on Ebay motors from a family in GA who were selling off dads collection.19k with 32kmiles I felt was a great deal! All I did on delivery was change tires, serpentine belt, oil with filter. Its been a fun ride, extra attention and people ask for photos. It is the only one for over 100 miles. Oh you should see their face when I tell them the seat has AC as well as heat! Oh it is fun, and I do love the trunk-bed!

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