Rare Rides: A Supercharged Harley-Davidson F-150 From 2003
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.
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