Remember Ford’s F-150 Lightning Rod Concept? It Somehow Ended Up On Craigslist

The memorable Ford F-150 Lightning Rod Concept has appeared for sale on Craigslist with a $27,000 asking price.

Ford introduced the concept vehicle in 2001 and while it had little hope of ever reaching the production line, it did make an impression at various auto shows around the world.

Based on the eighth-generation F-150, the Lightning Rod was significantly lower than typical F-150s and had its roofline chopped by one inch. Additionally, it features bespoke bodywork that includes a raked windshield, aluminum grille, custom headlights, and slim taillights.

There’s also black and silver Fuchs-style wheels and a tonneau cover over the bed with a decal representing the traditional tattoo of the native New Zealand Maori tribe, Moko.

The coolest F-150 ever?

Powering the concept is a 5.4-liter single overhead cam V8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. The Lightning Rod also includes independent front suspension, a live rear axle with leaf springs, and hydraulic disc brakes at all four corners.

The Craigslist seller doesn’t state how they came into possession of the vehicle but does mention that some parts, such as seatbelts and air vents, aren’t functional and only for show. The vehicle itself does run and drive but cannot be legally driven on the street.

A trawl through the internet reveals that the Lightning Rod Concept was sold at a public auction by RM Sotheby’s back in January 2012. It sold for $46,200 inclusive of fees and despite being a one-off, has taken a huge hit in its value and lost almost $20,000 in just seven years.

Consequently, prospective owners shouldn’t buy the concept if they’re looking to make money. However, if they simply want a unique show piece, by all means.

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  • CAN’T DRIVE IT SO PARK IT ON THE LAWN?

  • Bash

    This is one cool thing!

  • MarketAndChurch

    I seriously hope the upcoming Fiesta/Focus based truck is a two-door of this size with a simple design language too.

  • Mr. EP9

    Personally, I think the Expedition SVT Thunder would have had a better chance at going into production considering it wouldn’t be as difficult to produce. Ah, but it was never meant to be.

  • Blade t

    I’m kinda surprised ford didn’t keep this in one of their collections..

  • Looks like modified car from early 00s, ahhh the West Coast Customs days.

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