Those boxy/beefy F-150s you know are now the next ones up to start appreciating in the classic market
After all this is where definitive style meets desirable features like a fuel-injected V8 and an overdrive transmission. So it’s great to find this 1989 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat that’s a vintage and capable 4×4.
This generation of pickup knows how to deliver the right kind of style. The lines are crisp and confident, and a quality respray of the factory-correct white later in life makes sure to show that off with a good gloss. This is a premium XLT Lariat, and it lives up to that feeling with cool details. For example, the full-length red pinstripe also coordinates with the red trim in the wheels and the rear 4×4 graphic for a thoughtful look. But what really makes this classic appealing is that it still shows off it has a ready-to-work appearance and attitude. There’s a durable rubber floor mat on the bed floor and inner tailgate, and the bed rails help you to secure a load. Plus, there’s a proper trailer hitch on the back that includes a trailer brake. So you can enjoy this Ford with your camper or boat, too.
The red accenting of the outside gets you ready for the well-preserved full red interior. The premium XLT Lariat feeling is inside, too. It starts with a seat finished in a comfy velour. The high back sides and fold-down armrest means this has a bucket-like level of comfort when you don’t need the middle seat. You have more great features, like power windows, the factory AM/FM cassette stereo, a tilt steering column, and full gauge package w/tach. There are provisions for factory air conditioning (it will need servicing to function again.) But most days we bet you’ll just love sliding the rear glass and opening up the side vent windows so that you get the kind of breeze flowing through the cab that only a classic pickup can offer.
Under the hood is a quite a tidy engine bay, and Ford’s famous 5.0-liter V8 is right in the center. This came from the factory with modern electronic fuel-injection, and it’s a well-maintained package, so this is a classic that still starts on the first crank. The two-speed 4×4 transfer case keeps this a truly useful pickup. But this also has an everyday kind of appeal. Power steering, power brakes w/discs up front, ABS, and modern tires make it quite a comfortable cruiser. Plus, the four-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly all the way into overdrive. And the cruise control even makes this an easy highway machine.
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