With the exception of some limited edition or high-performance models, most new vehicles don’t exactly become collector’s items until many years later, if ever. And while most wouldn’t consider this bare-bones 1999 Ford F-150 XL work truck up for grabs at Bring a Trailer to be anything resembling a desirable collectible, it does have a couple of very important things going for it. For one, it has just 3,500 original miles on the clock, and for two, it’s in simply amazing condition.
The tenth-generation Ford F-150 was certainly a popular vehicle in its heyday, and there are still plenty of them on the road today. But we’d wager that few if any, have fewer miles than this time capsule of a 1999 Ford F-150 XL. Whether or not that makes it a valuable collectible in at least one person’s eyes, well, that’s another story altogether.
Regardless, it’s simply cool to see a 20+-year-old pickup in this kind of condition, and it’s refreshingly simple to boot. Finished in Oxford White over gray upholstery, it’s pretty much what anyone would envision a work truck to look like, except this one is a four-wheel drive model, at least. It also has its original polished 16-inch wheels, along with Dee Zee step bars and a hood deflector.
The interior is as spartan as one would expect, with a flat bench seat, though there are a few amenities here including air conditioning, carpet, and a cassette stereo. This F-150 is even powered by Ford’s humble 4.2L V6, originally rated to produce 202 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque, which flows to the wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.
This incredibly cool, barely used 1999 F-150 is truly a gem of a find, at least in our humble opinion. But we doubt that bidders will line up and drive its price into the stratosphere, even in this red-hot market.