I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of dealers and their high-dollar truck "builds." Most of them are lifted or lowered a little with different wheels, tires, and badges to make them seem special, but that's about as far as the differences go. Few are worth the six-figure asking price that's usually tacked on, but this single-cab 2023 Ford F-150 short bed with a custom widebody comes a lot closer than most. It looks the part, and thanks to coilover suspension as well as a thumping V8, it also performs at a much higher level than stock.
Seth Wadley Ford of Perry, Oklahoma is selling the Coyote-powered street fighter, which was built by Auto Accessories Unlimited. It started as a basic F-150 XLT with cloth seats and an eight-inch screen, but AAU quickly went to work upgrading the interior. Now it's covered in leather, from the seats to the quilted upper door panels, and a larger 12-inch screen has been fitted in the center.
Clearly, though, luxury isn't the core focus of this pickup—it's about the performance and style that come with it. The F-150 is a factory 4x4 model with the 5.0-liter V8 and 10-speed transmission, making it more of a traditional bruiser than an EcoBoost truck. While the engine is currently stock, it will have forced induction before delivery and the plan is for "Daddy Dave" Comstock from Street Outlaws to handle that part of the build. A twin-turbo setup is in the works that should put it somewhere between 700 and 800 horsepower.
The truck relies on 325-section tires to put the power down, and they're wrapped around 22- by 12-inch Fuel Rebar wheels at every corner. Those obviously wouldn't fit under a stock F-150's bodywork, so that's where the fiberglass kit comes in. Phillip Parsons, who led the build at AAU, told me a widebody was planned all along but they had to adapt.
"I've always had this goal of taking a single cab and putting Raptor fenders and bedsides on it," Parsons said over the phone. "[Seth Wadley Ford of Perry] came to us and said they wanted something to compete with the Shelby and Roush trucks. Something different and unique."
"With the '21 and ups, they no longer make a Raptor with the 6.5-foot bed," Parsons continued. "You used to be able to get an extended cab Raptor, so the idea was to use Ford parts and build a factory widebody. When Ford quit building the extended cab Raptors, we had to go fiberglass aftermarket."
The stance is just right, thanks to an IHC Suspension Performance kit. This adds adjustable coilovers to the truck and actually relocates the rear shocks behind the back axle. Traction off the line is more readily available because of that, and you can easily tune them back to road comfort settings for the drive home. It's more than a lowering job, then, as it actually aids performance both on the straights and in the turns when properly set up.
All this comes at a pretty penny. The online asking price is $129,991 or about $17,000 more than a Shelby Super Snake Sport. You essentially have to pick between a proven name like Shelby, who builds a decent number of these trucks, or a one-off custom job that's at least rarer than the rest. You make the call on whether it's worth it, but don't be surprised if a well-to-do buyer swoops this up soon for the full asking price.
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