Ford dealer’s retro package adds 1970s style to the F-150 pickup
Old trucks are the new thing. That is to say, new trucks that look like old trucks are the new thing.
Dealers across the country are getting national attention by offering custom appearance packages that transform 21st-century pickups with 1970s style, like Blake Greenfield Chevrolet’s Silverado “Cheyenne Big 10” and Sleepy Hollow Jeep’s “Honcho” Gladiator.
The latest making the rounds is Cincinnati’s Beechmont Ford’s Retro BFP F-150, which combines a 3.5-inch lift with polished 17-inch Mickey Thompson wheels wrapped in chunky 35-inch all-terrain tires, a Black Horse roll bar equipped with KC HiLites, and pearl white inserts to create a two-tone look.
Beechmont offers the package on virtually any F-150, and includes a Roush cat-back exhaust on models fitted with the 5.0-liter V8, but suggests starting with an XLT or XLT Chrome trim-level truck for the best throwback effect. The dealer told The Drive that pricing starts at $9,995. It also offers a host of performance upgrades that can be added, including a Roush supercharger kit good for 725 hp.
Through the late 1990s and into the 2000s, U.S. automakers went a bit crazy with retro designs. Some were spot-on awesome, while others were a major swing-and-a-miss. Aside from the curious Chevrolet SSR convertible – which some argue was a definite miss – that styling trend never fell to pickup trucks.
I don’t know about you, but a good truck is as critical to your author’s survival as fresh air and water. As a product of the ’90s, I remember two-tone paint and KC Hilites with fondness. Smack the two of them together and, well, you’ve a recipe for quickly draining this guy’s bank account.
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