The Lincoln Blackwood Was The Coolest Luxury Truck of the 2000s
In today's day and age, a "Luxury Truck" is known as a "top-tier" trim level of a standard pickup truck, however, for a time in the mid-to-late-2000s, in a time before there were trim levels such as "Limited", "Platinum", and "High Country", two American luxury car manufacturers (Cadillac and Lincoln) tried their hand at manufacturing a luxury pickup truck. Cadillac's first attempt, the Chevrolet (Chevy) Avalanche-based Escalade EXT ("Escalade Truck"), was very successful, and was manufactured from 2001 (for the 2002 model year) until 2014, when the GMT900 Series chassis was replaced by the K2XX Series chassis, and was also manufactured for two generations. Lincoln's most successful attempt at manufacturing a pickup truck was known as the Mark LT ("Mark Lincoln Truck). Based on the F-150, the first-generation Mark LT was based on the four-door SuperCrew Cab F-150 with a short pickup box (bed), and was manufactured from 2006 until its discontinuation in 2008, however, Mexico received a second-generation Mark LT, which was manufactured from 2009 until its discontinuation after the 2014 model year. However, the Mark LT wasn't Lincoln's first attempt at a luxury pickup truck: in 2001, Lincoln introduced the Blackwood: a Ford F-150 based luxury pickup with styling derived from the full-size (and Ford Expedition-based) Navigator SUV, and it was only manufactured for the 2002 model year.
First introduced in 2001, the Lincoln Blackwood was a luxury-oriented version of the four-door Ford F-150 SuperCrew Cab (the latter of which was first introduced for the 2001 model year) that could seat five passengers in luxurious leather-trimmed comfort, and was powered exclusively by the venerable 300-horsepower, 5.4L Ford Triton V8 gasoline engine mated to a four-speed, column-shift automatic transmission, and two-wheel-drive (4X2/2WD was the only available drivetrain option for the Blackwood, as four-wheel-drive (4X4/4WD) was not an option). The Blackwood, which began at $52,500 (including a mandatory destination fee, which amounts to a whopping $75,060.70 in 2019 dollars), and manufactured at Ford's Kansas City Truck Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, differentiated itself from its Ford F-150 cousin by its "straked" pickup box (bed) and 60/40 split-opening rear tailgate, which contained a locking tonneau cover, and opened to a luxurious, carpeted and lighted pickup bed (or "trunk"). Other exterior styling elements that set the Blackwood apart from its Ford cousin included a large front grille taken directly from the Navigator full-size SUV, unique aluminum-alloy wheels, chrome front and rear exterior door handles, chrome exterior mirror caps, a billet fuel door, chrome window moldings, chrome body side moldings, color-keyed front and rear fender flares, Lincoln-exclusive exterior lighting, 'LINCOLN' lettering and emblems on both front doors, and unique color-keyed front and rear bumpers. Inside, faux wood trim panels flanked the dashboard, center console, and front and rear interior door panels, and features such as unique luxury leather-trimmed upholstery and front and rear interior door panels, dual power-adjustable, heated front bucket seats with special embroidery on both front seat backrests, keypad keyless entry on the front driver's door, a dash top-mounted digital clock, an A/M-F/M stereo cassette audio system with a premium amplified speaker system (which also included a subwoofer), a dual-zone, automatic climate control system, a large center console with storage, and a wood-and-leather-wrapped, tilt-adjustable multifunction steering wheel with integrated audio system, climate, and cruise control buttons (including "Soft-Touch" controls). Being fully-equipped, the Blackwood didn't offer many options, however, an integrated vehicle telematics system (which included an integrated portable Motorola digital cellular phone and a voice activation system), and a tedious center console-mounted GPS navigation system were some of the only available options on the Blackwood. And keeping the spirit of Henry Ford alive, the Blackwood was available "in any color as long as it's Black", including a matching interior. Speaking of that interior, the Blackwood could only seat four passengers (as opposed to the five passenger-hauling capacity of the Ford F-150 SuperCrew Cab), as it also included a full rear center console.
However, if a "normal" Blackwood wasn't unique enough, Blackwood buyers could also opt for a Neiman Marcus Special Edition truck, which was selected as one of the gifts for the 2001 Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog. Starting at $58,800, only 50 Neiman Marcus Edition Blackwoods were ever built, and they are extremely rare today. These exclusive trucks were fitted with special chrome-plated aluminum-alloy wheels, a mobile DVD entertainment system, the 'Neiman Marcus' logo stitched onto both front headrests, a rear seat leather-trimmed console lid, and unique seat backrest pockets for rear seat passengers. Converting to 2019 dollars, a Neiman Marcus Edition Blackwood would cost a hefty $84,067.98, which is about what a fully-loaded, top-tier trim level pickup truck from any American manufacturer (aka Chevrolet (Chevy), Ford, GMC, or RAM) would cost today, however, that was a lot of money to spend in 2002. Lincoln only manufactured 3,356 examples of the Blackwood (including those 50 examples that were built for Neiman Marcus) in just fifteen months of production before pulling the plug before the end of the 2002 model year (Lincoln had originally intended to produce at least 18,000 Blackwoods), and while its successor, the Mark LT, could be considered a success, Lincoln finally decided that it should stick to manufacturing luxury cars and SUV's, and in 2008, the Mark LT was also put to rest. Finding a Blackwood is a relatively difficult task today.
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