47k Mile 1989 Ford F-250 XLT Lariat 4×4 5-Speed

If this 1989 Ford F-250 XLT Lariat 4×4 5-speed pickup had a diesel engine and flew, it would check pretty much every box for a lot of us. As it is, without the diesel and wings, it’s still a major box-checker and it looks like a nice example. The seller has it listed here on eBay in Dugspur, Virginia and the current bid price is $8,100.

You already saw that this Ford F-250 has a mere 47,000 miles on it, which is an average of fewer than 1,500 miles a year, but did I also mention that it’s rust-free? This is an eighth-generation Ford F-series 3/4-ton pickup and Ford sold around 1,000,000,000,000 of them, give or take. They were made from 1986 to 1991 and they were the first F-series to have a more aerodynamic, rounded appearance.

FARM USE. This doesn’t like what I think of when I think about a farm truck. This truck doesn’t look like it’s been used up and dinged and dented which is what I think of for a farm truck. As in, just being a piece of machinery to use, a pragmatic hauler or puller with not much time spent on keeping it looking nice because a nice looking pickup doesn’t pay the bills, a hard-working pickup pays the bills. There isn’t any mention of why it has a red tailgate which is a little unusual, and there are no photos of the inside of the bed, but the seller says that it has the original bedliner.

The farms that I visited in my life must have been on a much lower level than where this truck spent the last couple of decades. I expected to see a worn-out, dirty, unmaintained interior but this interior almost looks like it’s ready for a car show- unlike any farm pickup that I remember seeing as a kid. I don’t see any glaring issues inside at all and that ZF 5-speed manual is nice to see. The seller worked at the Ford factory where this truck was made and they’re understandably proud of it, as they should be.

The engine, or I think there’s an engine under that nest of hoses and wires, is Ford’s 351 cubic-inch V8 with 210 horsepower. The seller says that it runs and drives great and this whole truck looks great to me. Are there any fans of the eighth-generation Ford pickup out there? Dumb question.


  1. flmikey

    So, you are saying Ford built 1 quadrillion 3/4 ton pickups? Sounds about right, lol…with the price of pickups now, this one could be a bargain…

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  2. Todd Fitch Staff

    Hey Scotty – nice write-up. I loved my ’85 F250 4×4. Mine was 302 EFI and a four-speed manual that had a creeper that you never used unless you were shifting a house on its foundation. I always started in 2nd, then 3rd was the 1:1 and 4th was an OD. Even with that super-wide ratio I could get 0-60 in 11 seconds (one upshift) while it took my buddy’s Honda 14. On a good day I could get 20 MPG on the highway. Anyway I bought it for $2400, used and abused it for 6 or 7 years and sold it for $2000. This one is far nicer and I hope it goes to a good home. Thanks for the memories!

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  3. grant

    I lost the twin to this truck in my divorce. Same colors in and out but I had the 460/C6 with Danas front and rear. Still miss that truck.

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  4. Carbob Member

    These are nice trucks for doing work. I had the 300 straight six with the four speed. Piled a big skid steer loader on a tandem trailer no sweat. Love to have this but don’t need it as I have my 99 Dodge.

  5. Tirefriar

    Still have my Bricknose F150 Sportcab. The 351/C6 2WD with 3.55 LSD yields around 11 mpg on a very good day. Paint and trim are identical to this F250 except that I have split buckets vs. split bench seat we see in this one. Big advantage is being able to recline them and flip out the arm rest for the ultimate cruise. Was my DD for a bit but now that my job is 30 miles one way away got me a 2003 Golf TDI to take over for the trusty Brick. I enjoy getting into it and running weekend errands, love the cab space. Market realized how great these trucks truly are: versatile, rugged, reliable and cheap & easy to work on. Good clean examples are getting easily into 5 digit price territory and this one is no exception. The odometer on a Bricknose is 5 digit only but by the appearance it looks like low mileage claim is legit. No A/C would be a downer for someone living in Cali, like I do.

  6. Scotty Gilbertson Staff

    Auction update: this truck sold for $10,600.

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