What's That Beater Worth?

Your old pickup has been a faithful companion for years, but it's beginning to show its age. Maybe you can still get a few bucks for it. Or maybe – just maybe – it's worth a small fortune.

A 1965 Ford F-100 fetched its owner a cool $374,000 this past summer at the RM Auctions Sports & Classics event in Monterey, Calif. The seller expected to get around $250K max, but the antique turned out to be a very hot item on the block.

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Credit: Simon Clay

The fully restored, extensively customized Custom Cab Pickup came equipped with a single overhead-cam 427 cubic-inch V8 engine, automatic transmission, 1978 Ford front suspension, 1999 Mustang gauges, four-link rear suspension with coil-over shocks, and four-wheel disc brakes. For you vehicle history buffs, F-100 pickups were introduced in 1953 to replace the postwar F-1 Series and sported innovative one-piece curved windshields and distinctive chrome grilles. This model quickly set the standard in light-duty trucks and was an instant hit with hot-rodders and auto customizers. Today's Ford F-150 pickups continue to be the world's best-selling vehicle.