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Highboy Survivor: 1975 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT

Old-school four-wheel-drives will always be cool. The Ford “Highboy” was a nickname given to a model of truck that rode with a stance that meant business owing to its high-riding profile. While we take for granted how many pickups are available with four-wheel-drive systems today, it wasn’t necessarily as much as a given when this F-25o was new on the lot. Although this Ford pickup rides on upsized wheels and tires, it still seems to be closer to a survivor than anything else, and the seller confirms that the body panels are all original to the truck. Find it here on eBay with bids to $15,000 and the reserve unmet.

Highboys have been sought after for some time. True 4x4s are always generally more sought after, but rear-wheel-drive model pickups from this era are popular choices for customizing with slammed suspensions and larger wheels on low-profile tires. But you don’t do that to a 4×4 unless you wish to catch the scorn of your local car club. The seller has waded into those waters by replacing the stock wheels and tires with a larger set, but it’s not the end of the world as it would be fairly easy to swap those back to stock. I don’t dislike the way it looks, but the rest of the truck is so original, I can’t help but think the factory wheels on some more aggressive rubber would be the best of both worlds.

The interior continues the theme of the exterior which is to say it’s nicely preserved, and shows no signs of needing restoration work of any kind – you can absolutely use this truck as-is. The carpets and door panels are holding up well too, and the dash still sports the fake woodgrain trim inset into the crevices. It reminds you that this was a high-end truck when it was new, complete with the Ranger trim and 360V8 paired to a four-speed manual. It’s easy to forget that while it’s crude by modern standards, someone spent a fair amount of 1970s dollars on a truck like this buying it new off the lot. The Ford is also equipped with power steering and power brakes.

The seller notes the paint is also original, and while it has worn through on the hood and other places, that is also part of the charm with a truck like this. The engine bay is clean but not entirely stock, with what looks like an aftermarket air cleaner and possibly valve covers. While we may assume the engine is numbers-matching given the originality of the rest of the truck, the seller also does not come right out and say it, either, so it’s worth asking the question just to be sure. This Highboy currently hasn’t met its reserve price, and it certainly seems deserving of more given how rarely these come up for sale with factory details like original paint still in place.


  1. Connecticut mark

    Beautiful truck, same interior as my 1979 broncos.

    Like 8
  2. Big Al

    Absolutely Gorgeous ! I would love to have this in my driveway ! A really good price. ❤️❤️❤️

    Like 11
  3. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Same seller as the recent 1968 F-250, with a similar high-quality presentation. I like this truck, might like it better with a less aggressive tire-wheel package. I’m fine with the patina look on trucks, but this one with fresh paint would look even better to me, especially give it is a Ranger XLT with lots of trim. In any case, it’s an attractive and popular Ford– probably my favorite generation.

    Like 15
  4. dadley78

    The seller name is Jonny and is very up front when you ask him questions about his trucks of which I have bought two recently a 1978 f250 and a 1982
    XL Bullnose,both which are 4x4s

    Like 1

    350 pictures but not one of the rear of the truck.

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  6. RacinRob

    My boss just bought a 76 Highboy F-250 quite similar to this one. Although not in the condition that the sellers truck is in, but quite nice.

    Like 0

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