2003 Ford Lightning
2003 Ford Lightning
Various media outlets had given the SVT Lightning the 'fastest pickup' crown ever since the second-generation truck's introduction in 1999. It became a matter of official record when a stock 2003 Lightning reached 147 miles per hour on a test track. A redesigned five-spoke alloy wheel, satin-chrome interior door handles and two brand-new paint colors Sonic Blue Clearcoat (replacing True Blue) and Dark Shadow Grey (replacing Silver Metallic) were introduced for 2003. Plus, thanks to some new suspension tuning, Lightning's payload rating was increased to 1,350 pounds.
Little known, and not often seen, the Ford Lightning from 2003 was the precursor to the power truck craze of the early 2000's. This truck for consignment, has had 2 owners and sports 29,234 actual miles. A few modifications to improve on original looks and performance and it's all buttoned up for some fast hauling…of ass!
Leading the way for this coke bottle sided, aero clad bathed in Sonic Blue truck is a new grille sans Ford oval. Now menacing black horizontal strips are framed by the rear facing scooped hood above, and the large running light inserted lower bumper with yet another grille inserted within. Sides are showing well minded gaps and rockers have extended panels to help with more aero as well as good looks. The bumped out rear quarters leave a small accommodation for a “step side” cove in front of the fender. Also, the rear quarters seamlessly melt into the rear bumper and gate setup which is all body matching Sonic Blue as well. Covering the gray felted lined bed and sides in the inside is a like new Gaylord bed cover with locks and a small rear spoiler. All this curvaceous truck shaped steel is bathed in a Sonic Blue respray which occurred in 2019. Also, on the side view mirrors look closely for a ghost-like airbrushed skull to add some intrigue. 20-inch SVT gray replica wheels are wrapped in Nitto NT 555G2 new rubber all around. A storm is brewing on the test track at Classic Auto Mall!
Clamoring to get to the interior before the storm, we open the doors with a “flash” and see plenty of light gray molded vinyl which forms the door panels. A seamless speaker, storage bins in the bottom, and some panels frame a smaller black molded vinyl insert with some brushed aluminum panels housing the door locks, window toggles, and the mirror adjuster. All sleek and nicely seamless in its design. Seats are power adjustable rounded over very sporty high back buckets. These are covered in gray suede, and sport black leather insert panels which are broken up by the gray. Form and figure are key to these great lookers within the cab. A center console is between and races forward to the dash. Just as it meets the dash a trio of aftermarket gauges with white faces and a black surround and type are monitoring for you. The dash in black houses white faced gauges too, and in the center are some polished knobbed temp controls and an aftermarket AM/FM/CD digital sound system Bluetooth capable as well as a USB port. I hear the thunder of a V8 in the distance!
5.4 Liters of SOHC supercharged V8 are shoehorned into the engine bay. This mill can put out 380hp, and in 2003 broke the truck speed record going 147mph! It has EFI, and on back a 4R100 4-speed automatic. The rear axle is a limited slip 3.73 version. Get ready to “pour” it on. Also, of note, a JLT cold air intake is strapped on.
Wonderfully preserved all shiny black framing and floor pans as well as other structural parts are all rust free. Independent front suspension with coil overs is on, and in back leaf springs aided by new Bilstein shocks can be seen, as can a Flowmaster exhaust for the exhale all looking great and clean. It was a real soaker but now the sun is coming out….
I entered this Lightning now knowing exactly what to expect as this is my first jaunt into this model of truck. It fired right up with a thunderous roar, and it was off to the test track. Here it had neck snapping acceleration, endless power from the supercharger, and great handling. All functions were working, and the seats were wonderfully comfy. Gotta luv leather and suede!
A rarely seen Ford Lightning pickup all in great condition with some slight upgrades, a respray which is miles deep, and enough curves to make Marilyn Monroe jealous. Sporty fairings all around and a covered bed I feel a road trip coming on!
F-Ford Motor Company
R-6001 Thru 7000 GVWR
F07-F150 Regular Cab 4X2 Flareside
3-5.4L SOHC Supercharged 380hp
C-Oakville, Ontario Canada Assy Plant
B00420-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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