Didn’t Accelerate Quickly: 1993 Ford F-250 XLT

This next auction has me confused. I want to be supportive of the late model classic used car market, but I don’t think the people bidding this next car up to an eyewatering almost $20k have any idea how terribly slow a non-turbo diesel truck will be. Diesels are great when they are turbocharged, but they can be sluggish when non-boosted. And while this one is a nice example of the ninth generation of Ford’s F-platform, it is not nice enough to be a perfect museum piece (150k miles) but not rough enough to be used to haul rocks around town…but it is bidding for a price that is crazy. Find 1993 Ford F-250 XLT bidding for $18,500 with no time to go.

From the seller:

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VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):
7.3L V8 16V
Sub Model:
2dr XLT 4WD Standard Cab LB
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For Sale By:
Private Seller
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Number of Doors:
2 Doors
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Pickup Truck
Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty

1993 Ford F-250 XLT 4×4
-7.3 IDI Navistar Diesel
-ZF 5 Speed Manual Transmission
-Original Rust Free Vermillion Red Paint
-Original family owned truck from California’s Wine Country

Up for a NO RESERVE auction is a beautiful 1993 Ford F-250 XLT 4×4 with 146k original miles. This Vermillion Red beauty was ordered new in 1993 out of Lithia Ford in Napa, CA in the heart of the world renowned California’s wine country. The truck has resided at the families winery 27 miles north in Calistoga, CA for the last 28 years since new. This truck was specially ordered by the original owner who was firm with several options including a non turbo 7.3 Diesel because he felt the turbo would rob low end power when being used to tow the grape gondolas at low speeds. He insisted on the color Red as every previous truck from the family was Red, as well as a 5 speed manual transmission with limited slip and of course 4 wheel drive and 3.54 gears. The truck was part of the family who have deep roots in the Calistoga area, whether working in the vineyard hauling grapes or at the Calistoga Speedway one of California’s last remaining dirt short tracks. This is a great opportunity to own an honest California truck with a great story since new.

Cosmetically this truck is a show stopper and gets attention everywhere it goes. The truck has lived its whole life in an incredibly mild climate, and the body shows that. The body is straight and completely free of any rust or corrosion. The original Vermillion Red paint shines fantastic. The truck had a pinstripe painted by hand in 1993 from an old time local racer which is still very visible. All the paint inside the bed is even in great shape with no evidence of heavy use of 28 years. The original Alcoa Aluminum wheels are in great shape as well as all of the caps. There is just something that looks right about Alcoas on a 90s Ford. The original grill and front bumper are in great shape. The original chrome rear step bumper is in great shape. The truck has a trailer hitch installed including the off center receiver used to tow the grape gondolas down the vinyard lanes. I’m having a hard time finding any cosmetic imperfections, this had been well kept in a mild climate helping age like a fine wine.

Step inside and this rig matches the exterior. The Carpet is in great shape with no rips or tears. The seat is a great shape has not been worn out and comfortable to ride in. The Headliner is perfect with no holes. The dash has no cracks. Everything works as it should. The door panels are in great shape as well as the door jams. The leather wrapped steering wheel does have a tear on it. All of the original owners manuals and books as well original dealer information is still with the truck. An aftermarket Kenwood stereo complete with all the modern functions was installed and works great.

Mechanically is really what sets this truck apart. The truck has been only driven 146k miles since new which averages to about 5,200 miles a year. When the average person drives 15k miles a year that’s not a lot of use. Not to mention that’s 146k miles on one of the most reliable drivetrains in any car. The 7.3 idi diesel is a fantastic engine capable of going over million miles. Its the last of the mechanical diesels making it regarding as one the most reliable diesels. This particular 7.3 runs great and is a pleasure to drive. It has recently had a new fuel injection pump. The ZF 5 speed manual transmission is a highly regarded transmission for its durability. In regards to Ford trucks the manual is a must because Fords have notoriously weak automatic transmissions. The tranny shifts smooth in all 5 gears and reverse. The truck shifts smooth into 4 wheel drive with the Borg Warner transfer case. All of the lights work front to back and on top. The truck is a pleasurable truck to drive as well gets decent gas mileage for a full size 3/4 ton truck. (CLICK HERE for Idle Video)

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