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Crew Cab Hauler: 1977 Ford F-250 XLT

“Proven” describes this tidy classic truck as it nears 300,000 miles. The 460-powered 1977 Ford F-250 XLT Crew Cab logged most of those miles pulling a racing team with the race car in tow. The seller’s friend bought this sturdy rig new. That’s first-hand history, folks:  the exact opposite flipper sales with on-trailer pictures and a don’t-ask-don’t-tell backstory. Check out more pictures of this Los Angeles, California classic here at eBay, where at least 14 bidders have the well-kept Ford’s market value above $29,000 in the auction’s waning hours. Wow!

The thumb-worn steering wheel tells a tale of faithful service. Twin bench seats carry three riders each, or four teens across back in the day. Don’t try this at home, folks. I logged many hours piloting an F-250 towing rig of this vintage, and also one from 2017, and while the King Ranch massaging seats rock, for Total Cost of Ownership, I’d take this one for the long haul (pun intended).

Enjoy one of several extreme closeup engine compartment pictures, an inexplicable oversight commonly perpetrated on potential vehicle shoppers. The 460 cid (7.5L) V8 (assuming that’s the real engine) enjoyed a rebuild at 168k, and the C6 three-speed automatic was overhauled at 273k. Known for reliability and longevity, the 460 could carry on hauling and towing for some time.

Cosmetically this Ford looks great, with the XLT trim adding some bling. Sometime after 150,000 miles, the odometer becomes irrelevant to a vehicle’s value — a testament to a lifetime of service and thoughtful maintenance. Rust belt specimens often saw the bed sides fall off. The seller reports a few bubbles under the paint, but undercarriage pictures show a solid truck with plenty of life left to give.

These curious wheel covers help this 2WD XLT pass as a 4×4 truck to impress your friends and neighbors. Actually, the seller says they saved the racing team time at muddy venues requiring either 4WD or chains. I’d wager this F-250 could continue racking up miles with a racing trailer or Airstream travel trailer out back, and few trucks would be cheaper for buyers to keep that odometer rolling. How would you use this long-running Ford?


  1. DJ

    Bidding has reached $30,000. Wow! The crew cabs are relatively rare, and this one is so nice. XLT Camper Special 460 AC. Great truck. My daily driver is a comparatively nice 77 F350 XLT SuperCab Camper Special loaded with every option possible.

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    • Rw

      Love the trick hub caps

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  2. BigDaddyBonz

    My brother had one that was very similar. Also a 460, it would pull a house down the road if you wanted. It also got the same mileage (8 to 10 mpg) whether it was free-wheeling or towing. Very tough truck.

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  3. WDJ

    The crew cab configuration must be what sets this one apart with the bidding. Growing up our neighbors had one in this exact color scheme (F250 2WD 460 XLT) except it was an extended cab with a backseat instead of a crew (or whatever that’s called in Ford talk). I remember thinking it was a real novelty back then to be riding around in the backseat of a pickup!

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  4. scrapyard john

    The crew cab is what’s driving the desirability, in my opinion. In my area, you never saw a crew cab truck back then unless it was owned by a construction crew. No one owned a crew cab as a personally owned vehicle until the late 90’s or early 2000’s around here. This one looks great. On one hand, I’d hate to put a different drivetrain in it, and while the 460 is cool and all….it would be awesome to have a modern engine and transmission (probably a diesel or even a 6.2 Ford gas engine) in it and be able to actually use it as a daily driver. Maybe just leave it alone and use it as a weekend / once a week truck.

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  5. DJ

    $35,301 with 10 minutes to go. Wow!

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  6. DJ

    Sold for $41,100. Quite the bidding war at the end.

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    • Coulson

      $41K for a truck with 300K miles on it?


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      • Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

        I’m glad it’s not just me.

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  7. C5 Corvette

    Sold at $41,100.00…….I guess my 1999 F250SD V-10, AT, Ext Cab, Long bed, 2wd with 39,000 miles (Car Fax documented) is worth more than I thought.

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    • douglas hunt

      I had a 1999 F250 V10 AT 4door long bed 4wd….it was like driving a locomotive on the streets, great for towing my big Chris Craft but crappy on the hunting trips [everyone wanted to ride with me] and the logging roads were off limits [too long]

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      • C5 Corvette

        Mine is used very Little. I have a 29 ft 5th wheel and you don’t even hardly know your towing it! That is about the only use it gets. Zero rust even though I live in Western NY. (never driven in snow conditions and very seldom in rain) It spent most of it’s life in CO and the South West.

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    • douglas hunt

      My brother borrowed mine a lot to tow a big camper, I needed something smaller, and traded mine for a 1996 Toyota Landcruiser which I still have.

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  8. Chuck

    I’m glad that it’s set up for heavy duty towing because it’s going to need to tow a very big fuel tank behind it. On a good day,with a sail, down hill, it might get 8-9 mpg. This truck was made when gas was about $.50 a gallon. Oh, well, if you’re going to play, you got to pay.

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    • Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

      A couple sources I checked showed $0.62/gallon in 1977, which is about $3.12/gallon today. So, pretty close to today’s prices. I’d guess that if one can pay $41,100 for this cool truck, its fuel mileage and the price of fuel may not be high on the worry list.

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