NEW! Award 1: 1995 Ford F-150 Lightning Project Truck – Sold?

October 2020 Update – We’re busy updating our database and while we are finally marking our very first “NEW!” Award winner as finally sold, we continue to look for an updated ad as we’re just not convinced this seller finally budged enough on his asking price to finally let his truck go. We will continue to be on the lookout for a fresh listing in the future. Stay tuned!

June 16th 2020 Update:  Another month, another fresh post with horrible pictures and no-budge on the asking price.  The first-ever recipient of our NEW! (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award continues having delusions of grandeur that another enthusiast will embrace his vision of this rusty truck project enough to not question the help-me-recoup-my-losses price tag.  We’ve updated the link at the bottom.

May 19th 2020 Update:  Yup, still for sale. Still $20,000.  As this truck was the inspiration for our “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!) Award 18 months ago, we’re considering starting a Go Fund Me site to help this owner get out from underneath this project and finally bring closure to continuing to see fresh Craigslist posts for this truck.  If you decide to buy it, please let us know and we’ll send you some free GuysWithRides merch for your bravery and for getting this truck off the internet.  Good luck with the purchase!

April 21st 2020 Update: our very first “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way”) recipient ever continues to struggle to find a buyer for their project-gone-awry rusty 1995 Ford Lightning project.  For the first time, he’s included the words “or best offer” after the $20,000 but caveats that by saying “no Low Ballers.  So, with a 5.4L Shelby motor and other goodies already put in place, you can focus your efforts on body rust repair if you can negotiate a sub-$20K price and get this project out of the seller’s garage and off our of radar!

Wow.  All we can say is, “Wow.”  In our quest to find truck classifinds for this Tuesday we came across the latest post for our very first ever  “NEW! (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award recipient dating back to January of 2019 who is still trying to sell his 1995 Ford Lightning project. In his latest post and in a shocking development, he’s lowered the asking price down $8,000 back to $20,000 or best offer.  With no new pictures showing no progress made on this project truck, we remain fascinated by this listing.  The updated link is at the bottom of this post.

March 24th 2020 Update:  Wow.  All we can say is, “Wow.”  In our quest to find truck classifinds for this Tuesday we came across the latest post for our very first ever  “NEW! (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award recipient dating back to January of 2019 who is still trying to sell his 1995 Ford Lightning project. In his latest post and a shocking development, he’s lowered the asking price down $8,000 back to $20,000 or best offer.  With no new pictures showing no progress made on this project truck, we remain fascinated by this listing.  The updated link is at the bottom of this post.

January 21st 2020 Update:  In the “you can’t make this stuff up” category, we discovered our very first ever  “NEW! (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award recipient dating back exactly one year ago today is still trying to sell his 1995 Ford Lightning project, only now he’s increased his price $8,000 back up to $28,000 or best offer.  With no new pictures showing any progress, we remain fascinated by this listing.

November 1st 2019 Update:  Our first-ever NEW! (short for No Effin Way!) Award recipient we created back in January just posted a fresh listing of their 1995 Ford Lightning project and while they’ve lowered their price to $20,000 it’s unlikely they will get any takers at this still-elevated level.

As the Guys With Rides staff scours the internet looking for cool vehicles to share with you, every so often we come across a vehicle whose seller’s price expectations are out of line with the realities of the marketplace. This particular example falls into the category of “what you have into it does not equal what someone is willing to pay for it.”

As a reference price, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool currently lists the value of Concours #1 quality 1995 Ford SVT Lightnings at $24,600. Remember that Hagerty’s site states, “Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest Concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and the materials used are correct and superbly fitted.” As the pictures above illustrate, we are not dealing with a #1 Concours condition SVT Lightning.

Instead, the seller markets his 1995 Ford Lightning as a project truck equipped with a 2009 5.4L Shelby GT motor connected to a brand new six-speed manual transmission that sends power to Dana 60 rear axle equipped with 35-spline axles and disc brakes. In order to make this modern engine run, the sale includes a Ford Performance Control Pack. The suspension in this truck features a Ford LTD front end with disc brakes with brand new all-aluminum steering rack. Also included (apparently it’s what’s in all the boxes in the bed) is all-new OEM Ford sheet metal to repair the bed and front fenders. All told, the seller claims he has $40,000 already invested in what you see here. Wow. All we can say is, “Wow.”

Here’s the rub: as much as this truck has completed, you’ll easily have to invest another $15,000-$20,000 in bodywork, paint, and interior finishing to make this a cool, streetable truck. At that point, you’ll have $35,000 invested that will likely be worth $20,000. 

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