Pristine Eddie Bauer: 1996 Ford F-150

This 1996 Ford F150 is downright minty, and it’s loaded up since it’s a desirable Eddie Bauer Edition. These special trim models often appear in Bronco form (if they do appear), so the F150 listed here is a standout for a variety of reasons. The F150 features the preferred combination of a short bed, single cab with four-wheel drive, so it has the jacked-up look people love along with the compact bed size. Despite having a little under 90,000 miles, the F150 presents incredibly well, with its iconic maroon paint with tan accents still looking quite sharp all these years later. Find the F150 Eddie Bauer edition here on eBay with bids to just under $18,000 and no reserve.

Seeing this truck brought back memories I hadn’t recalled in quite some time. Growing up, I actually had several die-cast toys that were Eddie Bauer edition replicas. I can’t find any photo evidence to support this, but I want to say it was a Buddy L or Ertl truck that featured maroon paint and a tan interior to seemingly pay tribute to the glitzy cosmetics of this special edition model. There is definitely a Maisto 1:24 replica you can buy of the Explorer Eddie Bauer edition, but that wasn’t the one I was thinking of. Regardless, the bed on this truck is quite clean considering the Ford was definitely used, which speaks to the previous owners attention to detail and, perhaps, never using it like a true work truck.

The interior features spotless tan cloth seating surfaces and carpets. The Eddie Baurer editions got that handsome piece of wood trim in the dash, which extended to the door panels as well. The Eddie Bauer editions seem to have bypassed the traditional stigma associated with domestic special editions. Perhaps it’s because these enhancements were truly nice, combining attractive color schemes with upgraded materials inside the cabin. Although it doesn’t seem like much now, I can remember when Eddie Bauer was a household name, and there was likely a key demographic of customers who were as likely to buy a goose down jacket as they were a loaded-up Ford pickup or Bronco emblazoned with the Eddie Bauer script somewhere on the sides of the body.

Underneath, the F150 is as clean as it is up top. The cosmetics really do stand out on this truck, especially since it has some real miles on it with 85,227 on the clock. It’s entirely possible for a truck to look completely trashed and beaten by this point with 90K on the odometer, so someone along the way worked hard to keep this example in tip-top shape. Eddie Bauer edition vehicles are becoming a popular thr0w-back to the early 90s as “rad era” vehicles increasingly come into the fold as collector’s items, but it’s not always easy to find one of these special editions in good shape. The iconic maroon-and-tan or hunter green-and-tan paint jobs made these special edition trucks stand out, but today, they stand out simply for surviving.

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Comments

  1. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    Good write-up Jeff. I agree with your note that the Eddie Bauer models, with their attractive colors, better materials, and upscale trim were well-done (I made the same point on the recent Eddie Bauer Bronco). This looks like a nicely-preserved example in the preferred cab/bed/drivetrain combination.

    My Eddie Bauer Bronco II was dark blue over tan, another classy-looking combination. I may even still have my complimentary Eddie Bauer blanket (with accompanying case).

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  2. poseur Member

    memory is that these trucks included the tan fiberglass cab access steps also?
    still sharp regardless

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  3. Terrry

    It has the 5.0 liter engine too along with overdrive. Very nice truck.

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  4. Vance

    I started to sell cars in Tucson in May of 1997, so these were long gone by the time I started.But I do remember a lease deal on these, it had to be a short bed, Lariat, 4.9 engine, and a 5 spd for like 150.00 per month for 3 years 12k miles a year. They sold ike hotcakes and 85% of them were this color Tu-tone. You couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting one in Tucson. They did stuff like that every so often, but this is when regular cabs were the mainstay, and that was about to change in 1997 with the intro of a new bodystyle and the 3rd door.

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  5. flynndawg

    my 93 plain jane bro has the stick shift 4-wheel drive… what year did the stick disappear and what was it replaced it… ???

  6. C5 Corvette

    Guess I better hang on to my 99 F-250. Although it is 2 WD it has only 39,000 miles on it and never has been driven in snow. V-10, AT, extended cab, only used to pull a 29 foot 5th wheel. they were bought together new in 99.

    • C5 Corvette

      also NO RUST anywhere!

  7. Grumpy

    I prefer that beautiful interior over a new truck. I worked at a Ford dealership at this time, and I think that they nailed it with this design. In 87 they completely changed, not as much to my liking.
    The 5 litre with mass airflow was a smooth runner.

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