Serious Centurion: 1997 Ford F-350 Centurion

Andrew TannerBy Andrew Tanner

If you aren’t familiar with the work of Centurion Vehicles, allow me to summarize it: they made enormous trucks even more enormous. The most famous and perhaps most common Centurion conversion is the “Centurion Classic,” the apparent love-child of an F-series crew-cab and a Bronco. Reader Eric H. sent us this 1997 F-350 that has been converted into something of a limousine. This truck could be one heck of a tow vehicle for a large family or a racing team! If you have ever wanted the biggest truck available, but all of the factory made trucks aren’t big enough, this F-350 could be exactly what you’re looking for. Find it for sale here on craigslist in Pennsylvania with an asking price of $13,000 or best offer.

Because this F-350 has had an additional cab section installed, Centurion has installed additional seats. This truck can now comfortably seat 7 including the driver, with front and middle captain’s chairs and a rear bench. Though the headliner looks a little worse for the wear, the seats look to be in excellent condition for 20 years and 166,000 miles. The seller states “There were very few 6 door F350s made. I was told 24 but have not found any documentation.” I have also not found any documentation, but I do know that Centurion Bronco conversions can be found relatively easily, while I have only seen one of these 6-door trucks in person. In case you are unfamiliar with Centurion Vehicles’ reputation, it is a legitimate company well-known for top-notch Ford truck conversions. Their build quality is said to be near-factory in appearance and durability, and were the go-to company when a customer needed a truck that just couldn’t be had from the Ford factory.

This F-350 is equipped with the 7.3 liter Ford turbo diesel and reportedly runs great. The seller has just recently had a new transmission installed, as well as new brakes and a master cylinder. The seller states “All gaskets replaced and had the engine checked. I made sure it stays in tip top running condition” and that it pulls a 13,000-pound camper with no problems. This F-350 is also set up for a fifth wheel trailer and has many other amenities. From the photos, this truck looks to be relatively rust-free and very well-maintained. Considering many report seeing these sold for upwards of $50,000 brand new, the seller’s $13,000 asking price could be reasonable especially when a brand new truck of comparable ability costs three times that. Do you think you could handle a truck this big?

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  1. Milt

    Could be use for weddings in certain parts of the country in place of a limo.

    6+
  2. Nrg8

    I guess the tranny was changed out in a pit. Kinda makes service a chore when you don’t have a hoist that would take that

    5+
  3. Alfie

    Of course it has stacks. All that’s missing is a set of plastic testicles hanging down from the rear bumper.

    23+
  4. macvaugh

    I am curious what “a brand new truck of comparable ability costs three times that” might be.

    Are there any brand new six door full size trucks out there?

    4+
  5. S Ryan

    Vegas anyone?
    How about Cannonball?
    Who’s got the fuel card?

    3+
  6. Rodney

    “Crew Crew Cab Cab”

    3+
    • Andrew Tanner Andrew Tanner Staff

      Love it!

      2+
  7. chad

    I like their van/pick up better esp the one w/3 doors on pass. side & 1 on the other. (2 co.s made them but this co.’s is better).
    I don’t believe the nice engine wuz in any of em (?460 standard?). This motor would be ideal (power & MPGs).
    Any 1 know what transmission is in this vehicle?

    0
  8. chad

    I like the van/pick up better (esp the 4 door – 3 on pass. side 1 on other. 2 co.s made them – this co’s is better).
    I think all these vehicles had a 460. This is a better engine (power/MPGs) but he may have eaten the trani after the swap-in. Need the correct match up (B4 buyin).

    1+
  9. Sam

    Give it a make over and use as a specialty hearse. 6 doors, 8 foot bed…room for family, the departed and flowers.

    I think it would be popular in the South-Southeast, Texas, Montana, Wyoming…

    1+
  10. Sean

    No need for a sleeper …. lol and wow if these back two rows fold down you’re set with a queen size.

    0
  11. TMP

    What’s the turning radius of that thing?…….Nebraska?!?

    I seriously badly wanted a Centurion Econoline pickup conversion after seeing this one locally back in my car buying days. Hell, if I could find one with a 7.3 turbo and a new tranny I’d still consider one.

    6+
  12. Roger Gorski

    Reference to weddings must mean anywhere near New York City? …and just what would you guess the combined city/highway mileage on this beast would be?

    0
  13. craig m bryda

    Gotta love dem stax!!!!

    0
  14. Val

    Only thing I would do is yank that 7.3 and drop a 12 valve Cummin’s in it really make it run Nice

    2+
    • Marshall

      Being that it is still in nice shape, that would abominate the originality.

      0
  15. Dan h

    Glad to see it’s got the 7.3l. My ’97 F-350 is pushing 400,000 miles and still runs like new!

    3+
  16. Stu

    What’s behind door #3? My mother-in-law.

    3+
  17. Steve Visek

    Double crew cab?
    Team cab?

    Perfect combo pall bearer car and hearse for a red neck funeral.

    3+
    • Marshall

      Triple cab!

      (I never knew such an animal existed until I saw this!)

      1+
  18. Dan

    Where I live in Texas, the bigger the truck, the more likely the young lady driving it will be attempting to back into a space at Kroger. This I would like to see in this truck.

    1+
    • boxdin

      My Wife would not even try to back this truck up. She would call for me to do it.

      0
  19. Dt 1

    It looks like six smart cars packed together

    0

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