Unless you’re easily excited about things like towing capacity and payload — hey, some people are! — it might be difficult to think of pickup trucks as anything other work vehicles. If this is your mindset, you’ll definitely want to check out this list of five trucks to put on your bucket list to drive before you die.
You see, pickup trucks might not be as sexy as little red sports cars, but over the years, there have been plenty that are worthy of enthusiasts’ attention. Here are five:
HUMMER H1 Pickup
While the HUMMER H1 was widely known for its wagon and four-door convertible body styles, the H1 pickup truck might have been the brand’s coolest product… enough so to be one of the 50 cars stolen in Gone In 60 Seconds.
What could be better than a compact pickup truck that could outrun a Ferrari? Built only for the 1991 model year, the GMC Syclone was a mean-looking, all-wheel-drive truck packing a 280-horsepower turbocharged V-6, and its acceleration was faster than sports cars of its time. The Syclone was born during a time of performance trucks that started with the Chevrolet 454SS and Ford Lightning and later died off with trucks like the Dodge Ram SRT-10.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
The Ford Lightning and other street performance trucks were fun and all, but in 2010, Ford developed the F-150 SVT Raptor for off-road enthusiasts. The truck was redesigned in 2017 with even more off-road appeal. Either way, driving the Raptor through the open desert should be on any car lover’s bucket list.
There’s a reason Marty McFly lusted after a Toyota Pickup in the Back to the Future trilogy. These things were great off-road trucks, were bulletproof and had a look that commanded attention – especially when lifted and on big tires.
Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler
The Jeep CJ-8, affectionately known as the Scrambler, was only around for five years, but it is one of the most recognizable Jeep products – and one of only a handful of Jeep pickups – ever made. It made such an impression that the upcoming cargo version of the JL Wrangler is expected to be called the Scrambler.
This post was originally published on September 30, 2019.