Work Truck Rarity: 1988 Ford F-150 XL

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There was a time when a truck like this was a throwaway vehicle, plain and simple. If you put your F-150 to work as God intended and wore it out to the point that it was destined for the scrap heap, well – you were like hundreds of thousands of other owners. The F-150 as we see here is becoming increasingly sought-after because so few good trucks are left. The clean body, attractive paint, and an interior that was pretty nice for the year it was made all combine to make for an exciting auction for a vehicle we previously didn’t give a second glance to. This F-150 is listed here on eBay where bidding is over $8,000 with no reserve.

The interior of this truck is as nice as the lustrous two-tone paint on the outside. While I do think modern trucks are grossly overpriced and absolutely miss the point in terms of how they were originally intended to be used, there’s no doubt the cabin space of a modern pickup is light-years ahead of where trucks like this were. This was actually a pretty nice interior by 1980s standards for a pickup, with attractive faux woodgrain trim, tape deck, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering, and more. The seller reports it comes with original documentation and service records.

The F-150 features a reliable 302 V8 under the hood paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Equipped with four-wheel-drive with locking hubs, factory disc brakes, dual gas tanks, tow package, and the “Quad Shock” system, this truck was about as loaded as it got for an F-150 of this vintage.  The seller reports that it also came with the factory handling package which added sway bars to the mix! I love trucks like this because you can tell the first owner clearly went into the dealer and just started checking boxes to build their perfect spec workhorse.

Now, if the eBay truck is a little too nice and slightly out of your price range, I have damn near that F-150’s twin down in north Georgia. This truck has some tailgate rust and a busted window regulator on the passenger side (and of course, it doesn’t run) but otherwise looks like a straightforward project. The market for this era of full-size Ford pickup certainly isn’t going to go cold anytime soon, so if you’ve been hunting for one, I’d buy the first clean example you can find. If you want more information on this truck or the other vehicles on the Georiga property, check out the full post here on Barn Finds. 

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  1. angliagt angliagtMember

    Nice truck,& it has a 4 speed!

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    • Todd Zuercher

      Actually it’s a 5 speed – a M5OD by Mazda to be exact.

      Love this rig!

      Like 6
  2. Stan

    Wonder if it has the sno plow pkg. It added more HD goodies for lo dollars. So many great valu options on these trucks through the yrs.

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  3. Dave

    I had a ’88 6 cyl., 2 wheel drive. I hated that truck. I’ll never own another Ford

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  4. Bunky

    Great truck! Thoughtfully equipped. Very solid, durable trucks. While the fuel injected 5.0 is a great engine, the 4.8 (300) 6 is a better choice for a workhorse, imho. Minor point: nowhere near “as loaded as they got in this era”.

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  5. Lowell Peterson

    Shameless self promotion? Love bith trucks. One for Sunday the other monday-saturday?

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  6. Rob Cordova

    Pops has a 1991 f-150 XLT Lariat short box. Tan with 65,000 miles on it. 5 speed with all the bells and whistles. Pops is 92 years old, and when he does his beer run once a week, someone always wants to buy it.

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    • Lowell Peterson

      Congrats to ‘Pop’ on the truck and the beer run!

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  7. Todd Zuercher

    They do most of the time. Not sure why Jeff didn’t this time.

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