It’s no secret that I’m a Craigslist hound, always trolling the bowels of the cars/trucks section for some interesting, rare, or just weird. Since moving to Springfield, I usually find the obligatory lifted trucks, clapped out rice rockets, or rust buckets that are only a few years old.
Today, though, I found something which is both interesting and rare, and I’ve only seen a handful of times in my entire life. In terms of style, it falls somewhere between a conversion van and a mail Jeep. Check it out!
This creation is a Ford F-150 Supercab, Centurion Edition.
From the ad:
Price lowered – Unique 4 Door Vehicle. I believe these were only manufactured for about 4 years. 351 V-8 engine. 4×4 Automatic Transmission. 2 gas tanks. About 174,725 miles. 2 bucket seats in front, 2 bench seats in back. Custom trim. Truck was stored for last 6 years. Recently installed new computer, battery, and master cylinder, head liner, etc. Runs good. Serious inquires only please. Thanks. OIOG also.
The seller is probably right in saying this 7th generation body style was only produced for a few years, but the fact is that Centurion was making custom rigs all the way back to the 70’s, and have since been bought out by Southern Comfort Conversions. I did a little digging on this company, and it appears that Centurion would take a Supercab with a short box and put a Bronco hard top on it, effectively making it an 8- or 9-seat truck with a removable top.
Call it an early Expedition (seriously – why was Ford sitting around while GM was making the Suburban, the Tahoe, the Denali, etc.), or call it a 4-door Bronco, but don’t call it ordinary. I don’t have any idea on production numbers (I’m sure one of you knows – this is Hooniverse, after all!), but based on those I’ve seen on the road, the Centurion edition F-150 is exceedingly rare.
I can see a lot of practical uses for a 4-door pickup with a top, especially after the trip we just took from Seattle: having the ability to pull over and stretch out in the back seat for the night would have saved us some money on hotels, although convincing my wife to sleep in the back of a truck for four days would have been quite the challenge. Still, I can see using this to haul not only people, but all the stuff we like to keep dry and climate controlled.
All things considered, this really isn’t a bad price for a truck with only 175,000 miles and a big 351 under the hood. How about you? Have you ever seen one of these in person? Would you pay $5,000 for a customized pickup truck? Let us know in the comments. Please also send cash.
[Source: Springfield Craigslist]