This 1995 Ford F-150 XLT is the kind of truck we love to find

The fuel-injected V8 and control of a five-speed make this fun. It’s not out to be a Mustang Five-Oh contender because the pony car isn’t a versatile and loaded 4×4. So instead it’s the practical classic that’s ideal for work and play.

We love a good short-bed single-cab 4×4 because they have the look of an adventurer. The taller stance, tow mirrors, and proper trailer hitch add to that swagger – and are darn useful, too. So we know exactly why you’re attracted to this truck. The factory-correct Vermilion Red looks bright and complete, but you’ll see some signs of age/use. The value price leaves room in your budget if you want to do any correcting, and the straight style of the body panel means the new finish will look fantastic. But we like the way this one already looks with the clean style, bright bumpers, and an overall crisp quality. It makes for the kind of pickup where you spent decades giving this good care while also never hesitating to kick it into four-wheel-drive and blaze your own trail.

This is an XLT-level truck, and that means a loaded and comfy interior. It includes features like power windows, power locks, a sliding rear window, electric lumbar support, and air conditioning. It is a driver-oriented setup with a fold-down armrest console, a tilt steering column, and an airbag steering wheel. The full gauges with tach are especially handy with the stick shift. You’ll see touches of age, and while it’s unknown if the odometer reflects the full mileage, it’s an overall clean and comfy experience. And there are two areas to particularly note. The rugged rubber floor cover doesn’t mind your dirty work boots, and the upgrade to a modern AM/FM stereo unit has Bluetooth to pair to your phone. So this one really feels useful.

Under the hood is Ford’s hardy 5.0-liter V8. Fuel injection, power steering, power brakes with ABS, and front discs are all part of a more modern package that makes this classic an easy cruiser. This also has cruise control and overdrive on the five-speed transmission. So this F-150 can eat up the miles with ease. Part of what we really like about this truck is that it has features that 4×4 enthusiasts often seek out. The transfer case control is a manual floor shift, first gear knows how to give you low-end torque, and the front locking hubs are Warn manual units. It makes for a 4×4 system that’s often easier to maintain, repair, and truly use.

Price: $24,995

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Location: Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States