The Lightning Rod idea has lastly returned dwelling.
Ken Yanez let the new rod pink 2001 Ford F-150 idea automobile slip away when he attended the Barrett Jackson public sale in Scottsdale, Arizona in January. When the truck bought for $25,000 that day, he knew he ought to have purchased it.
Quick ahead two months and Yanez ended up buying the idea truck off of Craigslist.
Yanez is the founder and CEO of Particular Initiatives, Inc. in Plymouth, Michigan, the corporate answerable for constructing idea automobiles such because the Ford Atlas, Cadillac Sixteen, and the most recent Ford GT, amongst many others.
2001 Ford SVT Lightning Rod
Particular Initiatives was tasked with constructing the Lightning Rod idea in 1999 by Ford for the 2001 Chicago Auto Present.
Ford despatched Particular Initiatives a 10th-generation F-150 proper off the manufacturing line. Yanez and his crew promptly took it aside, shortened the wheelbase, and turned it right into a nod to late-20th century sizzling rods. Code-named “The Easy Truck,” it obtained lots of the sizzling rod cues of the day. Particular Initiatives added tribal sample graphics to the pickup mattress and seats, and even created tires with the identical tread sample. Inside, the crew created a full inside with brushed trim to distinction with pink leather-based and its matching trim.
2001 Ford F-150 Lightning idea
In some ways the Lightning Rod idea foreshadowed the 11th-generation F-150, which was launched for the 2004 mannequin yr. The upright entrance finish, sq. headlights, and squared off ends all introduced an finish to Ford’s curved and ovaloid F-150 design theme seen on the 10th-generation truck in addition to the Taurus of the time.
The idea was extra present than go, as Particular Initiatives builds its automobiles to look good for auto present followers, not carry out effectively on the road. That does not matter as a result of it isn’t road authorized anyway. Beneath the hood sits a 5.Four-liter SOHC V-Eight hooked to a Four-speed automated transmission. Yanez does not keep in mind how a lot energy it places out, however it’s not modified.
This previous January wasn’t the primary time the truck bought at public sale. It crossed the public sale block at RM Sotheby’s Arizona public sale in January 2012. At the moment, it commanded $46,200.
Father time hasn’t been type to the Lightning Rod’s worth as Michael Loscavio purchased it for $25,000 this January. Public sale charges introduced that whole to $27,500.
2001 Ford F-150 Lightning idea
Loscavio, a automobile collector within the banking and finance world, purchased the idea to take a seat in his assortment. He purchased a Ford GTX-1 convertible two days later. With area for just one extra automobile in his Arizona assortment, he put the Lightning Rod up on the market on Craigslist, although he mounted the air experience suspension first.
Earlier than he bought it, Loscavio informed Motor Authority he’d “find yourself dropping a fast $5,000 to $6,000, however it’s what it’s.” There’s solely a lot room.
Yanez has a home in Phoenix and one other in Michigan. His son noticed Loscavio’s advert for the Lightning Rod idea whereas browsing the Phoenix space automobile listings on Craigslist.
This time Yanez pounced. He would not let it get away once more. It took in the future for Yanez to purchase the truck from Loscavio for $25,000.
Whereas the Lightning Rod is at present sitting at Yanez’ home in Phoenix, it would return to Michigan and be saved within the constructing with the opposite Ford automobiles Particular Initiatives has created and cares for.
Yanez mentioned sometime he’ll get round to fixing it up, as “it has a pair scratches.”
He will not have the ability to drive it (at the least legally) on the road, however he can respect that one in every of his hard-wrought initiatives has come dwelling once more.