This Ford F150 Lightning Rod concept could be yours

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I remember a review on Top Gear of a Ford F150 Lightning pick-up truck. While it was a somewhat interesting sight amongst the modesty of traditional British country living, Clarkson insinuated that it was the worst car he’d ever driven at the time. I guess that means then that he won’t be interested in purchasing this concept that’s up for sale.

What you’re looking at here is a 2001 F150 Lightning Rod concept. While etching out roughly the same shape as the production car, the “Rod” part of its name appears to not only be poignant after the word “Lightning”, but also due to the distinctly more hot-rod aesthetics the concept has.

With a front end raked back ever so slightly, it looks like it’s leaning, clinging on for dear life due to the force of the acceleration. Unfortunately however, the Lightning Rod isn’t any quicker than the lard-arse Lightning production truck. With the same 5.4L Supercharged V8, you get an identical 380bhp and 450lb-ft of torque. While that is a lot, it won’t provide the most pleasurable performance in a pick-up truck - especially when it has to go through a lazy 4-speed automatic gearbox.

Nevertheless, this concept will be going under the hammer at Barret Jackson’s January sale. Having previously sold for $46,200 back in 2001, it’s thought that the current high demand for pick-up trucks will see it fly for a silly price. And the best part: the lucky future owner won’t even be able to drive it on the road.

While it may be a fully functioning concept, it isn’t certified to be driven legally on the public highways. That means the future owner will either need to drive it on private land, or they’ll just use it as a show piece. But with what Clarkson had to say about its production counterpart, perhaps the lack of road legality is a blessing in disguise.

But what do you guys think about this truck? Would you buy it if you could, or do you think anybody who buys it would have to be completely bonkers? Let me know in the comments.

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Written by: Angelo Uccello

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