A pickup like this 1956 Ford F-100 makes for a great custom machine

That’s why this one has V8 power, an upgraded interior, and a custom body with a terrific two-tone style. So if you’re looking for vintage style with some street machine panache, take a closer look at this Ford.

Red and gold are two of the boldest colors around, and so having them both really gets this pickup noticed. Plus, this is a quality application with a modern luster that looks terrific in the sunshine. The arrangement of the two-tone has been thoughtfully laid down using the truck’s natural lines and black pinstriping to provide clear borders. The body is steel, but there are also the right upgrades to show added sleekness. They expertly deleted the front bumper, shaved the badging, added well-fitting fiberglass running boards, and fitted a flush roll pan. You may find a few signs of this truck being enjoyed, but showing it off on the streets is also the point of a pickup like this. It’s built to be a driver with upgraded 16-inch Eagle Alloy wheels that both give this a better stance and also allow for modern cruising tires.

The smooth action of the doors reinforces a feeling of quality, and they are your gateway to a cool custom interior. The golden glow of the exterior returns inside, and now it’s joined by a timelessly tasteful black. This two-tone is intertwined on the seat, door panels, carpeting, and dash for a thoughtful and uniform total presentation. There are some nice comfort upgrades, like a movable cup holder center console, and there’s an AM/FM/CD stereo w/USB input hidden in the glovebox. And this was absolutely made to be a better driver. That’s why you have upgraded features, like the Lecarra sport steering wheel, tilt steering column, auxiliary gauges, and a large tach mounted front-and-center on top of the dash.

The forward-tilt hood always looks sporty, and so it’s great to see a V8 upgrade inside. There’s plenty of added polish including the air grabber and valve covers. But what you’ll really like is that this is Ford’s mighty 302 V8 that has been enhanced with an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor and Weiand intake. It even has good supporting components, like an electric fan and a March serpentine belt system. It’s a strong-running power house that was built to enjoy. That’s why you also have power steering and a smooth-shifting three-speed automatic transmission.

Price: $35,995

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Location: Lutz, Florida, United States