By on October 14, 2020

Rare Rides has featured a couple of F-150 things previously, in the super luxurious Lincoln Blackwood, and the performance-oriented first generation SVT Lightning. Today’s truck combines both luxury and performance into a single F-150.

Let’s check out this very clean triple-tone Harley-Davidson F-150 from 2003.

The 10th-gen F-150 marked a change in approach for Ford, as the most extensive redesign for their mainstream full-sizer in many years. Through the Eighties and Nineties, trucks in North America saw increased usage as family vehicles; more consumers selected them instead of sedans and wagons for everyday tasks. As expected, these new suburban truck buyers demanded more comfort and equipment. Ford took note and made the 10th-gen F-150 look softer and more friendly. They added an independent front suspension, used a new overhead cam engine (an industry first), and most importantly, added four full-sized doors in 2001. That newly created F-150 SuperCrew was the first half-ton pickup to offer such a family-friendly layout. Back to Harley.

Today’s subject is part of the very first run of Harley-Davidson trimmed Ford trucks. The F-150 was already on its fourth model year when Harley versions came along; the aerodynamic design having debuted for the model year 1997. The family customers mentioned above were offered much monochrome trim and winged Harley badges for their motorcycle-themed truck needs. But Ford had more plans for its new trim.

In 2002, the Harley-Davidson grew into more than mere appearances: Ford blessed it with a reworked version of the 5.4-liter V8 from the contemporary SVT Lightning. In its transition from the all-powerful Lighting to the Harley, Ford de-tuned the V8 a bit. In its new use, it made 340 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque, rather than the 380 and 450 lb-ft of the Lighting. In addition to the big decals of prior versions, the new performance Harley-Davidson F-150 had reworked bumpers and side sills, a chromed side step, unique chrome wheels, and (optionally) a very noticeable triple-tone paint job.

Inside, notable changes over standard F-150s included a two-tone grey and cream interior treatment, lots of chrome-covered levers and dials, and plentiful Harley-Davidson logos. Each supercharged truck was numbered via a metal plaque in the center binnacle. Unlike some special edition vehicles, the visual treatment continued unabated into the rear passenger area as well, where two bucket seats replaced the bench.

The supercharged truck was offered for only two model years. After 2003, the Harley-Davidson trucks returned to a basic trim package for a few years. The next Harley F-150 with a supercharger was available as an option in 2007, courtesy of Saleen. In 2012, Ford phased out the Harley editions, as the trim was replaced by Limited. The broader appeal of a non-motorcycle themed truck was obvious.

Today’s excellent condition truck hails from 2003. With 58,000 miles, it’s available in Cincinnati for $23,995.

[Images: seller]

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23 Comments on “Rare Rides: A Supercharged Harley-Davidson F-150 From 2003...”

  • avatar

    The ’11 and ’12 Harley trucks came with the 6.2L. Any 6.2L F150 is arguably uncommon enough to get RR treatment if you find a lower miles one.

    The Super Duty gets a Harley Edition every so often as well. I remember a Halloween-appropriate orange and black one.

  • avatar

    I was just reading about this truck on, no wait it’s one just like it in Mesa Ar. For $19,995

    This is my favorite F-150 body style. I really like this truck :)

    • 0 avatar
      Land Ark

      I liked these too. Though I must admit I didn’t know they were ever supercharged.
      I preferred them in all black but the prices never dropped to the point where I made a move. They got tantalizingly close, but never close enough.

      I had to make due with my Dakota R/T.

    • 0 avatar

      I know that there was (and is) a lot of hate for these, but I liked these trucks as well and especially in the Harley trims, minus the actual HD stuff. King Ranch showed up around this time IIRC and that’s where I’d go looking for a “jellybean” F150.

  • avatar

    Yikes I had forgotten how bad the crew cab jellybeans looked.

    Plenty of SRT-10 Rams out there for similar money if you aren’t a die hard Harley person.

    • 0 avatar

      I was waiting for this, every time I mention I like the jellybean F-150 the very next comment is how much someone hated it. Lol

      After 40 years of shoe box p-u trucks the jellybean was a refreshing change. The only p-u I ever owned, I liked it that much :)

      Oh, and I LOVED the column shifter

  • avatar

    If anyone doubts that we’re in a performance golden age, just look at the stats of that engine: 5.4 liters, supercharged, 340 hp. Ford now sells a supercharged 5.2 liter V-8 with 760 hp.

    • 0 avatar

      More proof – the Ranger with optional factory tune (warrantied by Ford) gets 320HP out of the EcoBoost 4 banger.

      • 0 avatar

        True, but apparently it’s sacrilege to mention turbo-fours around here…

      • 0 avatar

        Ranger of this era either had

        120hp 2.3 4

        150hp 3.0 V6

        210 hp 4.0 V6

        (Power numbers are approximate, too lazy to Google)

        The powertrain is the best part of the new Ranger. A bit coarse, but doesn’t lack in power anywhere and the delivery pretty linear. A tuned 2wd that was lowered would likely be quite amusing.

    • 0 avatar

      To be fair, Ford engines of this era just weren’t major powerhouses. In 2003 Ram had a 345hp naturally-aspirated 5.7L (that the still sell today in updated form) and GM had a 405hp 5.7L.

      • 0 avatar

        This seems like a good place to remember how much Ram shook up the 1/2 ton market by offering the 345 hp Hemi as a volume engine.

        For comparison:

        2002 5.9L Magnum – 245 hp

        2003 GM Vortec 5300 – 285 hp

        2003 Ford Modular 5.4 2V – 260 hp

        You had to buy a Harley/Lightning or Silverado SS just to match Ram’s mass-market V8.

        • 0 avatar

          Yes the Hemi was a big deal. Mass market SUVs and trucks went from kissing 10 seconds in 0-60 as being normal to needing a time in the 6-second range to compete. The 300 and Magnum with the V8 were nearly 2 seconds faster than the full-size sedan competition.

          2002-2003 is also around when the ZB Viper came out, when the 469hp E55 AMG came out and when Nissan went wild offering 260hp Altimas and 340hp Infinitis.

          Overall it was a banner period.

      • 0 avatar
        R Henry

        The modular series engines were a bit weak, yes. The OHC or DOHC design had a very different “feel” compared to the Windsor engines they replaced…they need more revs. Not the lovely torque truck owners were used to.

        That said, the 2-valve 4.6L version is known as a VERY durable engine…those engines have been known to hit the million mile mark fairly often–in COMMERCIAL use!

        • 0 avatar

          Ford’s early supercharged engines were grossly underrated, thanks to era class action lawsuits over Ford misrepresenting (NA/DOHC) HP figures. But they were overbuilt for what they were.

          Just a simple (compressor) pulley and tune takes them to over 500 HP/Tq, while racers commonly push them to near 1,000. Ford eventually got cheap with their internals when they saw that happening.

  • avatar
    R Henry

    I understand the desire for a variety of trim options, but the cross-marketing with Harley-Davidson never made sense to me.

    –That said, I don’t really understand the whole celebrity endorsement thing either.

  • avatar

    I’ve always enjoyed the subtle styling changes on these trucks inside and out, except for the Harley stuff. Live to ride, I guess.

    If I was going to get a full tilt F-150, I’d go for King Ranch probably.

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