Digestible Collectible: 2000 Ford SVT Lightning

Eleven years ago, I married a remarkably tolerant woman. She’s not particularly into cars, but she humors me when I prattle on about the merits of whatever awesome car caught my eye that day. Or when I decide I need to take an epic, one day, out-and-back trip to Maryland to buy a race car that’s never turned a wheel under it’s own power in the three years I’ve owned it. But she has her own automotive tastes, and for sake of marital harmony, I do my best to listen.

As a country girl, trucks weigh heavily in her list.

One peculiar truck that caught her eye about fifteen years ago was the Ford SVT Lightning. I think the bit-player role it took in the first “The Fast and the Furious” film (as Harry’s shop truck) may have done it for her. That, or she’s conflating her lust for Vin Diesel’s bulging biceps with the sweet melody of whistling supercharger and burbling V-8.

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  • Mike1041 Strange how the economies of scale ( tv, electronics) never show up in the auto industry.
  • FreedMike Short answer to the question: because manufacturers need to turn a profit on them so they can improve the tech and make it more affordable. It's the same pattern we've seen with many other "new tech" products, such as computers, smartphones, big screen TVs, etc. Same pattern is evident with new automotive tech. Here's one example: once upon a time, air conditioning was a costly, exotic option that only appeared on top-end models. Now it's hard to find an entry-level vehicle that doesn't have it. Why? Because the manufacturers were able to mark it up to the initial set of buyers, take the profits, and reinvest it into better, cheaper A/C systems. Same is true for things like automatic transmissions, stereo systems, power windows, fuel injection, ABS, navigation systems, and on and on. All of that equipment started on high-end models, and eventually filtered down to the cheaper ones. Nothing wrong with any of this.
  • CoastieLenn Can't wait for EBF to empart his wisdom upon us about how Ford is so much worse than just about every other manufacturer for increasing MSRP's to reflect production costs. It's happening across all propulsion types, we mostly only hear about it/ care when it involves the BEV/Hybrid.
  • JMII Despite the repeated claims that such vehicles are undesirable apparently enough people are willing to pay big bucks for EVs to keep prices going up. How else do you explain Rivian's and Hummer's EV selling on the used market for such crazy prices? I assume the OEM price increases simply reflect the broader overall market. If dealers can easily off load these at 10-20k over MSRP that means they are priced too low. The price of something can be disconnected from the actual manufacturing or parts cost. There is clearly an on going supply and demand problem. If not EVs would be stacked rows deep at your local dealer with "$ave Big" stickers on the windshields.
  • Bkojote These look fantastic, and give me some FJ Cruiser vibes with the colors in a good way.I guarantee you everyone hating on this drives a loser car.