Rear Reflectors: 1966 Ford 100 Short Bed 352/3-Speed OD – Sold?

by | Nov 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Truckin Tuesday

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January 1, 2024, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Restoration has always been a money-losing proposition for most classic cars and trucks. If you can do most of the work yourself (especially paint and bodywork), you have a shot at breaking even depending on the model chosen to bring back to like new condition.  Most recently, classic pickup trucks and SUVs have become lucrative vehicles to restore as enthusiasts become more willing to pay top dollar for quality restorations.

While that is true for certain Chevrolet products and Ford Broncos, 1960s vintage Ford trucks lag behind their GM counterparts.  A prime example is this restored light blue 1966 Ford F100 Styleside short bed pickup for sale, last spotted on Craigslist in Roseboro, North Carolina (Raleigh) in November 2023. Reported to be a 26,800 original mile example featuring its original numbers matching 352 cubic inch V8, this F100 for sale also features the desirable three-speed floor shifted manual with factory overdrive.

Besides the modern black rubber floor mats, the only non-stock item that jumps out at us is the lower rear fender-mounted reflectors. Corner lights did not become mandatory until 1967, however, a check of the Ford Heritage vault confirmed one picture of this 1966 Ford F100 Contractor’s Special featuring the rear reflectors, so it must have been a factory option that year.

Last offered for $30,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all fourth-generation Ford F100 pickups produced between 1961 and 1966.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $23,400 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $37,000 before making a fifteen percent adjustments for the numbers-matching 352 cubic inch V8 engine.

The 1966 Ford F100 Short Bed Pickup, equipped with the formidable 352 cubic inch V8 engine and a 3-speed manual transmission featuring overdrive, represents American automotive ingenuity from the mid-20th century. This classic truck seamlessly combines power, style, and functionality, making it a coveted choice among Ford enthusiasts and collectors.

At the heart of this vintage pickup lies the robust 352 V8 engine, a powerhouse that defined an era of American muscle. With a displacement of 352 cubic inches (5.8 liters), this engine was part of Ford’s FE (Ford-Edsel) series, known for its performance and durability. Producing a respectable amount of horsepower and torque, the 352 V8 was a workhorse, capable of handling various tasks from hauling loads to providing a thrilling driving experience on the open road.

The transmission system of the 1966 Ford F100 is a 3-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. This configuration allows for a versatile driving experience, allowing the driver to manually select gears for optimal control over the vehicle’s performance. Including overdrive further enhances fuel efficiency and highway cruising comfort, making it a practical choice for work and leisure.

The design of the short bed variant adds to the truck’s agility and maneuverability, making it well-suited for urban driving and tight spaces. The shorter wheelbase gives a more responsive handling experience, while the bed provides ample cargo space for practical use.

Externally, the 1966 Ford F100 exhibits the iconic styling elements of its time. The front grille showcases the bold and distinctive Ford lettering, flanked by a pair of round headlights, contributing to its classic aesthetic. The body lines are clean and simple, reflecting the utilitarian purpose of the vehicle while still exuding a sense of timeless charm.

Inside the cabin, the F100 offers a functional and straightforward layout. The bench seat provides ample room for the driver and passengers, embodying the simplicity of work trucks from this era. The dashboard features clear and easily readable gauges, giving the driver essential information at a glance.

The suspension system of the 1966 F100 is designed to handle various road conditions, providing a smooth and comfortable ride. This, combined with the sturdy frame and chassis construction, ensures the truck’s durability and longevity.

The 1966 Ford F100 Short Bed Pickup, equipped with the 352 V8 engine and 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive, encapsulates the spirit of an era when trucks were not just tools for work but also symbols of American craftsmanship and innovation. Its timeless design, robust performance, and practical features make it a sought-after classic, appreciated by automotive enthusiasts for its enduring legacy in the history of American trucks.

The TractorGuy140 YouTube Channel features this 1966 Ford commercial demonstrating the truck’s Twin I Beam front suspension:

Based on the pictures, this 1966 Ford F100 Styleside short bed pickup for sale appears to be a quality restoration.  We would ask for pictures of the undercarriage to confirm the restoration work’s quality and whether the restoration involved any rust repairs. Otherwise, it would be very hard in today’s economy to restore a similar example for $30,000 to this truck’s standard.

If you are serious about buying this restored F100, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Ford Styleside short bed featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“All original numbers matching restoration of this 1966 Ford F100 Shortbed, Custom Cab truck. A true show vehicle with 352V8, 3-Speed Manual w-Factory Overdrive, blue-white exterior, and blue interior.”

Show or go: What would you do with this restored 1966 Ford F100 Styleside for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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