12-14 August 2010
2001 Ford F150 Lightning Rod Concept
Sold for $55,000
- 1960s Muscle Car passion
- Maori tattoo graphics
- Supercharged V8 power
Based on the contemporary F150 Ford pickup, long the industry’s best-selling model, the Lightning Rod concept evokes, in the words of the manufacturer, the “passion of muscle cars of the 1960s, the hot rod industry and the current body art craze.”
Lowered and stretched, the Lightning Rod has been given a one-inch top chop, a faster windshield and hidden wipers. Twin horizontal neon headlamps flank a recessed aluminum grille. The horizontal light theme carries through to the taillights, which are also neon tubes. Cherry red metallic paint gives it a sleek, hot rod performance look.
A leather-wrapped tonneau cover is die-cut with a traditional tattoo of the native New Zealand Maori tribe. Moko, a specific type of Maori tattoo, features shallow colored grooves in complex curvilinear patterns, originally produced by striking a miniature bone adze into a person’s skin. In some native cultures, tattoos are thought to ward off sickness or misfortune; others use them to signify the wearer’s rank or status. An elegantly-tattooed face was frequently a great source of pride for the warrior. The Maori theme carries through to the leather bucket seats and headliner.
A “powerdome” hood hints at performance modifications. Indeed, the truck’s 5.4 liter Triton SOHC V8 is supercharged to 380 bhp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Stainless steel straight-pipe dual exhausts exit beneath the rear roll pan. Twenty-inch, five-spoke cast aluminum wheels carry radial tires with a tread pattern matching the tonneau cover tattoo.
This vehicle runs and drives, but is not DOT or EPA certified. It cannot be registered for highway use in the United States and is offered on bill of sale only.
Offered by the Ford Motor Company. Sale proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Children’s Center. More information is available here.
AddendumPlease note this car is sold on a "Bill of Sale" only.
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