Oh-So Yellow 2016 Ford F-150 Is the Monster Tonka Truck Only Adults Can Play With

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Tuscany Motor is one of those car-modding companies that can't be ignored. The crew describes itself as the "undisputed leader in custom lifted truck manufacturing," and with the blessing of Ford, General Motors, Harley-Davidson, and others, it released over the years a great deal of modified trucks you won't find anywhere in the world. Including something called the Ford F-150 Tonka Edition.
If you happened to spend your early childhood in the U.S., the name Tonka is sure to bring back some fine memories. The company was for a while the undisputed leader in its field, which was the manufacturing of toy trucks to enchant the little ones. Sure, Tonka was a global brand, but it seems Americans enjoyed its products the most – I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that once all grown up, Americans are still fond of trucks of all shapes and sizes.

Trying to capitalize on the success of the toy brand, Tuscany announced back in mid-2010s it will make a special edition of the mighty Ford F-150 to honor Tonka. It planned on making some 200 units of the special edition, but for one reason or another it ended up producing only 128 of them.

If there is one thing that instantly allows people to recognize a Tonka truck is the color yellow. So that's what the F-150 run wore back then, making the trucks from the family perhaps the most recognizable ones on American roads.

Before us sits one example of the special F-150s made about a decade ago. It's truck number 45 in the production run, and Tonka yellow is what immediately makes it stand out, as it's generously spread on the entire body, on the brake calipers, on some of the badges that can be seen all over, both on the outside and inside, and even on the Shelby supercharger that's hidden under the hood of the truck.

Speaking of the supercharger, this thing is attached to a 5.0-liter V8 engine and helps it spit out a massive troop of 700 horsepower. The paint job and the addition of a Shelby supercharger are not the only modifications made to the powerplant.

2016 Ford F\-150 Tonka Edition
Photo: Mecum
The unit is equipped with an open-air intake, a high-flow filter, a performance heat exchanger, and an auxiliary cooling fan. Upgrades have also been made to the throttle body, injectors, and exhaust system, which is offered as a Shelby-tuned Borla piece of hardware with dual black tips.

In the purest Tuscany style, the truck was propped on a modified suspension system taken into the realm of the impressive through a 6-inch lift and heavy-duty shocks.

Visually speaking, aside from the very in-your-face body color the truck wears, the F-150 was taken one step further from its stock self with the installation of a replacement grille and headlight surround, the fitting of an LED light bar into the front fascia, and the swapping of the original hood with a dual intake one designed in the Tonka style.

The powerful yellow color is accompanied by an equally impressive shade of Tonka black. It is most visible on the 20-inch Tuscany off-road wheels and the BF Goodrich all-terrain tires they are shod in, on the badging and emblems that adorn the truck, on the billet bumper insert and, above all, on the leather seats installed inside.

The interior of the truck is a perfect contrast to the exterior, as aside from the yellow Tonka logo on the carpets, everything else comes in black and various derivations of it. In here the F-150 is mostly stock, but one can't help from admiring the fact that it comes with Apple CarPlay, something that back then was all the rage and still a brand new piece of technology.

I brought up the 2016 Ford F-150 Tonka edition truck because it's not every day that we come across one of these things – after all, only so many of them were ever made. The one you're looking at now popped up on our radar as it is expected to go under the hammer on July 12.

2016 Ford F\-150 Tonka Edition
Photo: Mecum
Auction house Mecum has been tasked with finding a new owner for it, and it will try to do so during the Florida Summer Special auction that will take place in Kissimmee, Florida.

Neither the auctioneer nor the owner of the truck say anything about how much they expect to get for the F-150 in this insane and rare form, but there seems to be an undisclosed reserve set for it.

We were able to dig up a bit of the truck's history, and it appears it was originally purchased for close to $98,000. We only know of a single instance when it tried to sell, in January this year, when the same Mecum sent it under the hammer. Back then, there was a $52,000 offer for it, but it didn't sell.

We'll have to wait and see, I guess, if this time the 2016 Ford F-150 Tonka manages to find a new owner.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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