This 1989 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat 4×4 has a lot of appeal with its fuel-injected V8, overdrive transmission, four-wheel drive prowess, and a ton of potential

The two-tone red and white has the same kind of all-American appeal as a Coca-Cola bottle. This example shows all the right signs of being original. This is very much approaching a patina kind of style, which is kind of cool, especially because this is believed to be a North Carolina truck all its life thus far. And this southern boy still knows how to get to work, full bed rails, tow mirrors, a proper trailer hitch, and a job-ready bed. So this seems to be quite ready for some honest pickup fun.

The interior continues the worn-in kind of honesty. For some of this is pure classic truck cool, and you can see the right sign of good care in places like the nice headliner and smooth dash. It’s built with a driver in mind, and so you have features like a fold-down center armrest, cruise control, and the factory AM/FM/cassette stereo. Plus, the side vent windows and sliding rear glass combine to give you that ideal breeze flowing through the cab. And because this is a premium XLT Lariat there are provisions for desirable factory options like power windows, power locks, and air conditioning. They will need servicing and/or parts to full function again.

Under the hood is Ford’s hardy 5.0-liter V8. This is from the desirable fuel-injection years. And speaking of desirable, you also have the two-speed 4×4 transfer case controlled with easy to operate/service features like locking hubs and a manual floor shifter. Power steering, power brakes, front discs, and a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive complete a classic truck package with modern appeal.

This is the truck that needs some shadetree mechanic love. You may choose to work on the transfer case, tune-up the motor, update the interior, restore the air conditioning, or another project that really customizes this classic. Sometimes the fun of a classic is the work you put into it, and this gives you a good V8 4×4 base for what your imagination wants to accomplish.

Price: $22,995

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Location: Concord, North Carolina, United States