Last week’s Chrysler TC by Maserati seemed a cheap steak half-baked for too many of you, and it lost the election with a Pass majority. Today’s 1953 Ford F-100 is pink in the middle and everywhere else, but is it worth the gourmet steakhouse price, or does the $55,000 tag make you want to throw it into the hot dog bin?
Pink cars are something of an enigma to the car guy. It seems that no matter how cool the car, if it’s painted to match Wilbur the pig, it is off limits. There are, of course, a few exceptions, like the Porsche “Pink Pig” 917/20, which won the Le Mans test race in 1971. But for the most part, at least to a car guy, if your car is pink, you’re probably a Mary Kay representative.
So when we take a look at today’s ’53 Ford, we get a funny feeling. This example has undergone a complete, frame-off restoration, inside and out, and looks to be in perfect condition. It features an engine upgrade, an interior update, and even a matching trailer that’s bigger than a breadbox. But it’s…pink.
As the owner is quick to point out, the paint has helped the sunburned pickup win several awards, including “Best of Paint.” But the pig-tone is only part of the cosmetic package. The bed is lined with stainless steel and oak. And the interior is bedecked with billet but old-timey gauges and switches, along with a modern stereo system.
The F-100 made its premiere in 1953, known until then as the F-1. That first year came with one of two engines: a 215 straight-six, and a 239 flathead V8. Each only produced about 100 horsepower. That didn’t seem enough for the restorers, who were likely trying to outrun pink-haters when they discovered how weak their engine was. So they dropped into the spacious bay a Ford 5.0. It seems to be a 302 Windsor, which, depending on the carburetor of choice, could produce up to 250 hp.
Mated to that five-oh is an “auto on the floor,” transmission, which may or may not be original, since ’53 was also the first year Ford offered a slushbox in an F-series. Apparently the automation doesn’t hamper performance, though, since the pickup has been resto-modded with four-wheel disc brakes. Rack and pinion steering, AC, cruise, and a pair of comfy, cushy buckets also help to bring this geriatric into the 21st century.
It is pink. That much is certain. But its price will likely have you seeing green. That’s because the seller has listed it for an astonishing $55,000. They do claim, however, that it appraises for $85k, so they’re probably just eating the extra 30 grand out of the goodness of their hearts, right?
So how about it? Are its resto-modding and pristine condition enough for you to forgive the color, or have the sellers just put lipstick on a pig?
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