"CLASSIC OF THE DAY"
Our classic today is listed on the website for Attington Classics and features this corner stone of American culture and their love affair with pick-ups.
1968 FORD F250 CAMPER SPECIAL
The Ford F-Series pickup trucks remain one of the most iconic symbols of working America from 1948 to the present day. Driven by farmers, celebrities – Steve McQueen had a ’68 just like this one – and everyone in-between, they have a rugged style of a pair of Levis.
This F250 is a Camper Special. Essentially it’s a more luxurious iteration of the F250 for those who wanted to drop their demountable camper into the bed and head off into the country for a weekend. On the outside it has extra bright work and a two-tone colour scheme, and on the inside vinyl seats and rubber mats went in favour of plush brocade upholstery and loop pile carpeting.
Under the bonnet is the largest engine available in ’68, the 390ci big block V8, coupled to a three-speed automatic transmission. In addition, this truck has a factory auxiliary fuel tank, which, when combined with the standard tank, give this truck an incredible range.
Whilst most F-Series trucks of this era were worked to death early in their lives, and most that remain are in poor condition or far from original, this example has survived in quite extraordinary condition and remains completely standard and very original. Being used for hauling a camper body only has meant that the bed and tailgate are completely undamaged and free of any dents. Equally the bodywork is totally straight, repair, dent and filler free. Coming from dry California, there is no corrosion or previous repairs to the underside whatsoever.
The body has been repainted once in its original colour scheme (the bed is still original paint) and still looks extremely smart with all its original trim pieces intact.
Inside, the Ford is fabulous and extremely comfortable. The brocade fabric bench seat is in perfect condition and the carpets are new. The dashboard is in great shape and the heater and radio work perfectly.
The 390 cubic inch (6.4-litre) V8 has just had a bottom end rebuild with a reground crank, new bearings, oil pump and timing chain. It runs beautifully, provides ample performance and can tow anything. The gearbox changes smoothly and the brakes very effective (but not assisted). The tyres are all recent with lots of tread. It’s nicer to drive than a lot of modern trucks.
Great fun to just cruise around in but it could still work hard if you wanted it to. What a perfect period tow vehicle!
All import taxes are paid and it is UK registered with 12 months MoT and tax.