This sharp 1970 Ford F-250 Sport Custom Camper Special (sorry, not the Brougham Edition!) is a bit of a rare bird these days, and especially so here in the Salt Belt.
Ford offered the Camper Special option on all three truck platforms (F-100, F-250, F-350) and checking the option basically got you larger mirrors, a heavy-duty alternator and radiator and some extra gauges on the dash.
Motivation came from the indestructible “Big Six” (300) all the way up to the 390 V8.
The truck’s been sitting there for nearly a year. I suspect the $4,000 asking price is probably why.
Now if you’re looking for something with a little more “patina,” there’s always that Chevy in the background…
Here in the desert southwest (where we don’t have the landscape clearing effects of rust) I occasionally see 1970s and 1980s camper specials in traffic, they largely tend to be Chevy/GMC and have the goofy litte badge on the pillar with a “teepee” on it. Many of them are seen with truck campers in their beds and still headed off to rodeos. Some I believe have been passed down from grandfather to father to son.
My favorite is when the truck camper in the bed is just as old as the truck.
That truck looks to be about a ’75-76 vintage, the camper itself I think is even older than the truck. Those rounded units I think were from the 60’s. I think by the mid 70’s all campers were more or less squared off corners like they are now.
The truck looks pristine too.
I’ve always liked these. I think this vintage is among the best looking Ford trucks, and the camper specials were the best looking of them. Always wanted one. Close as I got was was a 71 F-100 painted forest service, light green. It had an engine knock that I tried and failed at fixing. Ended up selling it, as I really didn’t need it. As an aside: ever tried typing after running a gas weedwhacker for a couple of hours?
I love these. Best looking Ford trucks ever. I worked at a place where they used one of these for a snowplow truck. That same green, but a solid color. I think it was a 71 with a 360 and a 4 speed. I loved driving it. It looked really nice, as it did not go out on the roads much. Then, someone stole it.
Nice truck. I agree with the others who say these were the best looking Ford trucks, and I like how Ford kept with a winner and used that same basic styling for over 30 years. If that truck was in good mechanical shape (and I had an extra 4 grand kicking around) I’d snap it up in a second and drive it home.
Ed I think you might be proving a point that I find hard to believe. That is that broughams might be found very seldom in a working truck. We have an awful lot of trucks like this one down here. When I think of it I don’t believe I have seen any with a brougham toupee. Well, just something you can file away with some of life’s other imponderables.
Those 70’s Fords were sure nice looking, every bit as nice as the GM’s. I’m not sure when the style changed, but in the mid-70’s, the Fords seemed to visibly sag in the middle between the cab and the bed. I don’t know if there was that much of a difference in construction or design than the GMs, but I noticed it more on Fords than Chevys.
Very nice, this body style went from 1967-1972. My best friend briefly had a blue ’72 F-100. I forget what motor it had but it had an automatic and the column shifter collar broke and the replacement came from a green truck.
I think his was all the same medium metallic blue but equally as patina’d into a flat blue but overall in nice shape for an older truck. This was around 2002 or there abouts. He would replace it with a 2 year old loaded Toyota Tacoma and today he may still be driving his ’01 F-150 crew cab 4×4 with the full Lariat package with everything, including sunroof, leather and a 6 disc CD changer and a matching dk green cap that replaced the Taco, but not directly as he bought, and still has and drives an ’85 Merc 300TD, I think it is wagon and the F-150 was to replace that for he needed hauling capability for a dual axle utility trailer from time to time.
The blue truck Educatordan shows looks to be I think a 76-77 Ford truck as the ’78-79 models had the square headlights and a different grill but the same body, however, the front parking/turn signal lamps now mimic the older 69-72 front lamps but don’t really turn the corner much and they have a separate side marker lamp/reflector in the recessed body crease along with one for the rear. It’s this recess that is one of the bigger changes between the 67-72 and the 73-79 F series light duty trucks.
The F-150 was introduced in 1975 and slotted between the F-100 and the F-250 and eventually, it would replace the F-100.
Neighbors had a 73 or so F-100 in bright orange with the fancy wheel covers and white striping around the body recess and looked really sharp too but they’d replace it in ’79 with a plain white ’79 Ford Courier that I didn’t like as well.
4k is a bargain for that rig.
I remember passing on a “Loser” Blue 78 F250 near the former in-laws Farm in Polo, Il for $1250 around 2004 that I sill kick myself on once in a while…
Very nice looking truck. Great two tone paint. I never did car for that style of hub cap though.
The most important part of the Camper Special package you didnt mention was the “extended tail pipe”. Back in those days the standard equipment on trucks was very minimal, no spare tire or rear bumper, and the exhaust system terminated at the muffler, under the bed. Since it was legal in most states for your offspring to ride in back, an enclosed camper could become a carbon monoxide death trap.
i just bought a 1970 ford sport custom 360 4 speed runs great paid 200.00 is all