Tough diesel 4x4 trucks are not supposed to be this pristinely original two decades later. So that's why this 1997 Ford F-250 is a terrific example of the new class of vintage trucks that are still ready to get the job done today. It even has a rare five-speed stick-shift to maximize the fun.
Here's an interesting dilemma. We saw plenty of these F-Series trucks on the road twenty years ago. After all, the styling that mixed tough truck squareness and the rounded aerodynamic touches really resonated with pickup people. The problem is that today, there are not too many of these icons around that haven't seen a hard life. These F-250s were workhorses, so the few that you do find are often very far from condition they left the showroom in... But this truck is the one diamond in the rough. The clean factory white paint has great with metallic gray accents that look all original and stunningly bright. The pickup's premium packaging ensures it has all the right touches such as the chrome bumpers and trim, and the optional 16-inch heavy duty chrome wheels are in near-perfect condition. For added convenience this now has a well-integrated side steps, a hood protector, and liner paint in the long bed.
The inside is also like a refreshing time capsule. The gray cloth bench seat shows almost no signs of wear. It has a fold-down armrest that offers space for storage and cup holders. Since this is a range-topping model, the bench gives bucket seat-like touches, such as the electronically adjusted lumbar back bolster for the driver and passenger. Plus, with cruise control and the extended range of the dual fuel tanks, this one makes for ideal long-haul buddy. The back seat of this extended cab is perfect for everything from carrying extra passengers to secured storage. Another great part of a loaded truck like this is that it comes with just about everything power windows, power door locks, and the factory AM/FM cassette stereo. There are so many adapters out there for modern music players that we think it would be a shame to spoil this unique atmosphere by replacing this very original radio. And you have the rear sliding glass open to get the old-school truck breezes any time of year, because the modern R134a air condition will always keep the cab nice and cool.
The massive 7.3-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel already has a reputation for being powerful and bulletproof. So when these have the ability of going to the moon and back, you realize that this is quite low mileage on this original motor. And the clean condition of the engine bay that still contains its original decals lets you know that this F-250 was never a mud slinger. But if you do go off-road this one is equipped just the way you'd want it. It has a two-speed 4x4 transfer case, tall ground clearance, auto-locking hubs, and enough torque to move a cabin. But even when you just stay on the pavement, this is an attractive package. It's rare to have a five-speed manual transmission with the large turbodiesel. But the benefit is you now go from overdrive cruising to spirited acceleration with just a quick downshift. Plus, with power steering and front disc brakes, this is a true anytime driver.
Complete with owner's manual, you're looking at a truck that's original inside and out. But survivor-grade status doesn't keep this one from earning its keep. A cool package like this won't stay with us long. Call today!!!