At $14,999, Will This 1986 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat Get You?

At $14,999, Will This 1986 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat Get You?

Good Price or No Dice 1986 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat 4X2

Today Good price or no dice The F-150 was nicknamed the “Bullnose” for the way its grille slants into the hood. This one also happens to be the fanciest edition of the model. Let’s see if that makes his price a bargain, or if it’s just a bull load.

The general consensus in last Friday’s comments 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430 with a touch of AMG has been… meh. For some reason, this almost always seems to be the response that CLKs engender. At just $2,900, however, our V8-powered convertible edition garnered enough interest to earn a solid 77% Nice Price win. It just proves that Black Friday deals can be had.

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Speaking of deals, have you ever stopped and asked yourself “what’s the deal with luxury vans?” They’re supposed to be built for work, not for a night on the town and two tickets to Bohemian. Despite this seemingly incongruous dichotomy, today’s trucks can be outfitted with almost any luxury accessory imaginable while still being able to flex on the jobsite or when called upon to tow a few tons. And we can trace much of the luxury part of the pickup experience back to the mid-1980s Ford F-150 XLT Lariat.

Here we have such an example of this luxury Lariat just two years old, a 1986 F-150 XLT with built-inof-the-online packaging. What exactly did checking the Lariat radio button get you? Well, this truck sports a very classy interior – or at least what Ford imagined it to be in the ‘80s styling, including plush velor upholstery on the bench seat and door cards, plus full carpeting with extra sound deadening underneath, a dash resplendent in faux wood trim. Added to this were electric windows and door locks, two extravagances unheard of in a pick-up.

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The engine is also quite sophisticated for a truck. The 5.0 liter V8 under the the hood here sports electronic fuel injection (EFI), a first on the Ford truck line and a feature important enough to deserve its own badge on the body side. Not only did the FI improve handling compared to the carbureted edition, but it also upped the 133 horsepower of the twin-barrel equipped engine to a more respectable 190 horsepower.

In support, a four-speed Ford AOD automatic transmission drives the leaf-sprung rear axle. The front suspension is made up of Ford’s unique Twin-I Beam independent setup, which will save money on camber adjustments since none are possible.

According to the ad, the truck sports a clean title and only 85,500 miles on the odo. Paint is monotone brown on the standard cab/fleet side body. All of this is offset by a set of nice (and reasonably rare) factory alloy wheels.

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The ad images show the best face of the truck, although upon closer inspection in the linked gallery, there are quite a few boogers on this baby. None of these look too glaring, and the seller’s statement that there is no major rust appears to be confirmed by the photos below.

Of course, where the Lariat really shines (or, perhaps, pampers) is in the cabin, and this one appears to be in great shape. Everything looks clean and shows minimal wear. The only significant issue here might be the radio which appears to have been purchased for $29.99 from Pep Boys. A vintage Ford-Philco unit would be a nice change.

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Other perks noted in the ad include recent mechanical work not detailed and Pennsylvania state safety inspection tags within the last two years. According to the seller, the truck was located outside of Pennsylvania prior to this, and the documents listed in the Gallery indicates it may have originally been a California truck. That might help explain why it’s reasonably rust-free.

Could buying it also be reasonably hassle-free? We will just have to see that.

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The asking price is $14,999, which the seller recently reduced from $16,299. What do you think of this price drop? Was it sufficient given the condition and kit of the truck? Or, will the seller have to keep falling before lassoing a buyer?

You decide!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Don R. for the connection!

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