• Dec 6, 2011
Long before Ford turned its attention to building one of the most capable production off-road trucks in all the land, the company's SVT engineers spent their time trying to wring the most straight-line speed possible from an F-150. The result was the first-generation Ford F-150 Lightning – a vehicle that still manages to pull at our heart strings eighteen years after it debuted. If you're still sore you never got the chance to own a brand-new F-150 Lightning, eBay Motors has something special for you. A seller in Saint George, Utah is auctioning off a 1993 Lightning with just 37,850 miles on the clock.

Judging by the photos and the description, the truck is as close to factory perfect as you're likely to find anywhere. The owners is proud to say no aftermarket equipment of any kind has been added to the vehicle in its life, and the 351 V8 still looks fresh. Purists may cry foul at the tonneau cover, but the seller says that piece is a dealer-installed original. The paint, interior and engine bay all look clean enough to dine on with no rust, stains or leaks anywhere to be found. It looks like a million dollars, but the seller is only asking $15,500. Head over to eBay Motors to take a look.


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      oRenj9
      • 3 Years Ago
      I used to drive by one of these nearly every day going to work. One thing I love about the old Lightning is how understated it is. With the exception of the sticker on the back, there is little indicator that this beast is propelled by a (then powerful) 240HP, 5.8L engine. Obviously, these figures pale in comparison to the monster that would become the tenth generation Lightning (or any contemporary truck, for that matter). Then again, that is something that could be said about any old car. Nice find.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oRenj9
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          Show me a V8 with more horsepower back then that WASN'T an exotic.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dunno, the original F-150 just seemed like a me-too to GM's Syclone and Typhoon (heck, even the name is a me-too), so it doesn't quite warm my heart as much as yours. Still, the single color look and the fact that it isn't all bulbous like the later supercharged Lightning is nice. Also, in reference to your first sentence, the Raptor is most definitely an on-road truck. A dirt road truck, but an on-road one. It is made to cover bumpy roads very fast, not do seriously off-roading like mudding or bouldering.
        Hambone
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        So when GM finally manages to get an off road truck into production, will it be considered a "me-too" vehicle? What about the Camaro and Firebird? If Ford wanted to build a "me-too" Syclone, they would have done it with a Ranger. If you wanted to make a comparison in sport trucks, the 454 SS would have been much more appropriate.
          Mr Clickerson
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hambone
          The Lighting and 454 SS/Typhoon/Syclone comparison is not the same as the Mustang to the Camaro and Firebird. You're comparing a comparison of suped up trucks to a comparison of cars that previously did not exist. It wasn't just a "we have a fast truck too" situation. However, if Chevy were to come out with a Raptor competitor, it would certainly be a "me-too" situation.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hambone
          You mean a Raptor competitor? Yes, it will be considered a me-too vehicle. How could it be otherwise? The Raptor has left its mark on the specialty truck market right now. I don't know what you mean about the Camaro and Firebird, can you be more specific?
      shawn m
      • 3 Years Ago
      Check out this great eBay find !! http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1991-GMC-Syclone-AWD-Turbo-/250946933689?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item3a6d9a53b9 Now that's a 90's truck ... car and driver had it at 0-60 in 4.3 !
      Martin Muschaweck
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about a 1996 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra with less than 10894 miles for under $12k! Check it out: http://iphone.tetonmotorssubaru.com/index.htm#used_p_2FFord_p_2F1996-Ford-Mustang-24bbcf360a0d048d01424d4334e0c0e9_p_2Ehtm
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh, not a big fan of these. They look okay, but I'd rather have a Cyclone. Or even a 454 SS. I would however like to see a new Lightning. A single cab EcoBoost truck with the option for 2 or awd. And then maybe similar offerings form GM and Dodge.
        Knox
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        You know how hard it is to find a regular cap pickup these days? I really want one with leather seats; don't think it exists.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Knox
          Fleet sale places sell them for real cheap and they're brand new.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        An Ecoboost in a new Lightning would make it slower than the previous 2nd generation Lightning unless they lighten it. The 2nd generation Lightning had 390hp SAE. It's been proven that it put out more than that. So throwing in the 365hp Ecoboost would just make it slower. The 2nd gen was always just a truck version of the Cobra. So throwing the new 650hp 5.8L in it would only be the right thing to do. Plus, it'll put Ford back in the lead of the fastest production truck in the world since the Ram SRT/10 currently holds that record.
          montegod7ss
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Nit picking, but Terminators did not have aluminum blocks. Not until '11 did supercharged Cobras have an aluminum block.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Ok, I never said they shared engines, only that the Lightning was the truck version of the Cobra. Also, the F-150 is already offered with the 6.2L BOSS (Hurricane name was dropped during development). It only produces 411hp, not really enough to knock Dodge of its throne.
          FriskyDingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          @ montegod7ss- Yes, you're correct. I knew that, I'm not sure why I said that. @ elmo- Pardon, that's how I took it. As for the 6.2, it's not available in a single cab truck like I was talking about. And what Dodge are you talking about dethroning?? The SRT10 is long gone, and was all power, no finesse. And a 6.2 powered single cab F150 would demolish a 5.7 R/T single cab Ram.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Just because the Ram SRT/10 is long gone, doesn't mean it doesn't sit upon the throne of being the fastest production truck in the world. That's like saying the Viper ACR couldn't have posted a production lap time on the Nurburgring because it's not in production anymore.
        baldheadeddork
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        I worked at a Ford dealer in the early 90's and I thought this truck was a bad Jeff Foxworthy joke until I drove one. It wasn't the fastest but it was tight, the 351 sounded great and pulled like hell, and the suspension made it feel more sporting than anything else Ford made - even the Mustang Cobra. It was a blast to drive. It's still on my list of the most fun to drive vehicles I've ever driven. That's what separated it from the Syclone and the SS454. GM spent money on the engine (Syclone) and engine stickers (SS454) but both fell apart in the corners or under braking compared to the Lightning.
      bentleyspotter
      • 3 Years Ago
      the bentley GTZ Zagato is for sale on ebay for $1.5M
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bentleyspotter
        I can already tell you're going to be quite the troll...
      leunamme
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a pretty cool truck...NICE PRICE!!! but boy is there a huge panel gap between the front bumper and grill
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @leunamme
        Bumpers are designed to be replaceable for utility (and rear bumpers are optional!) on trucks, so they sometimes aren't designed to integrate with the rest of the vehicle. This was especially true of trucks back when they were more for work and less as a statement.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @leunamme
        It's an early 90s vehicle. This is very common with 90s vehicles.
      Danny
      • 3 Years Ago
      This truck is BEAUTIFUL! I love early to mid 90's interiors, too!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      72CJ5driver
      • 3 Years Ago
      You gotta love a perfromance vehicle with dual fuel tanks! I miss dual fuel tanks on trucks. That way, when one tank ran dry, you could switch to the other tank only to realize that you ran that one dry 4 days ago. lol.
      bluguy32m
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hit a small patch of ice this past October with my newly painted with rebuilt transmission blk short wheel base 1991 4x4 f 150,and slid through a wooden fence. Dented up the drivers side and shifted the box over a little. The insurance company said because of it's age, they gave 3400.00 because I kept the truck instead of letting them total it out. Other then the body damage, and a small alignment problem the truck runs great. I droveit to my mechanic, and a well known private body shop,that my dad has connections to, and both places said because of the rarity of that particular vehicle( 1991 shortwheel base in good condition) aside from the body damage it's worth between 6 and 7 grand, and best of all "FIXABLE". so in a month I'll be driving pretty much a new truck.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, bummer. I could have bought one of the last '95s, but I really needed a SuperCab. Oh well.
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