Those that haven’t seen this 1976 Ford B-100, dubbed “El Chapo,” at SEMA or in one of many automotive publications since its debut in 2018 might be a bit confused. After all, it sure looks like the SUV version of a 1970s Ford pickup. And the B-100 was actually pretty much just that, albeit a special rig sold only in Mexico. Regardless, this gorgeous Ford will soon be up for grabs, as it’s set to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson’s 2021 Scottsdale auction.
This gem of a Ford B-100, built by River City Rods and Fabrication, has also racked up a few prestigious awards including Goodguys Ford Truck Choice honors, and was a finalist for 2020 Truck of the Year. And all it takes is one quick glance at this amazing machine to understand why. The low-riding Ford has been treated to a laundry list of modifications, one so long that it takes time to spot them all.
Regardless, we’ll begin on the outside, where this B-100 has received a chopped roof, custom machined roof ribs, flush-mounted side glass, and a windshield that’s been laid back a full 10 degrees. Up front, the one-off billet grille was designed to look like the one on the Ford F-150 Raptor, but was whittled down from a half-ton chunk of aluminum. The big ‘ute was then covered in many layers of PPG Graphite Metallic Blue paint.
El Chapo’s interior is every bit as beautifully detailed as the exterior, sporting Ford Thunderbird seats with custom threads. There are loads of modern amenities to be found in the cabin as well, including a Restomod head unit and Kicker speakers, Dakota Digital gauges, and air conditioning.
The classic Ford B-100 is powered by a second-gen Ford Coyote 5.0L V8, which gives it ample and reliable power. It sends that power back through an MT82 6-speed manual transmission back to a Currie rear end, which is all mated to a Roadster Shop SPEC Series chassis with a RideTech air management system and RideTech shocks.
Add it all up, and El Chapo is a seriously stunning piece that quite literally has it all – from good looks to incredible detail, a modern drivetrain, and a comfy interior. Throw in the fact that few people even know what a B-100 is in the first place, and that makes it all the more special.