363-Powered 1998 Ford Explorer Sport Up For Auction

The market for older Ford Explorer models has been heating up as of late, with plenty of well-kept, low-mile examples hitting the auction block and selling for increasingly large sums of money. However, those seeking a performance-focused version of this particular SUV don’t have much to choose from, as the ultra-rare Saleen XP8 was built in scant quantities and rarely pops up for sale in any condition. Thus, this ultra-cool, heavily modified 1998 Ford Explorer Sport up for grabs at Bring a Trailer certainly seems like a solid alternative that may wind up selling for a reasonable price.

It isn’t exactly every day that we come across a Ford Explorer that’s been modified with an eye toward improving straight-line performance, and yet, this particular example is precisely that. Still, there aren’t a ton of clues present on the exterior that indicate what’s going on under the hood, save for a set of Magnum 500-style wheels, white letter tires, and a small spoiler present on the hatch.

Peek inside the cabin, however, and it’s immediately clear that something fishy is going on with this Ford Explorer. There’s a set of auxiliary gauges present in both the instrument cluster and the A-pillar, coupled with an old school Hurst shifter ball that just screams old school muscle – much like the aforementioned wheels – and there’s a very good reason for that.

Pop the hood, and one will see why – this Explorer is packing a Ford Racing Performance Parts 363 cubic-inch V8, which is fitted with an array of go-fast goodies including Diamond pistons, an Ed Curtis camshaft, Trick Flow Twisted Wedge heads, a Holley Systemax II intake manifold, a 75mm throttle body, and even a nitrous system. It’s unclear how much power this particular engine sends to the wheels via its five-speed manual transmission, but we imagine that it’s more than enough to make this one heck of a fun SUV to drive.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.