Over the years, some of the big car companies have produced some pretty awesome special edition trucks. Ford and Dodge especially seem to come out with something new every year or so (or more than one per year, if 2018 is any indication). Some of these trucks aren’t spectacular, but if you know how to look, you can find some awesomely special, limited edition trucks. And still, other companies have trucks that are collectible just because they are durable, reliable, or were only produced for a few short years. Finally, some trucks are just odd and out there and never really took off. They’re collectible for an entirely different reason, mainly for the novelty of them, but they still might be worth something some day.
Despite the economic challenges toward the end of the 2000s, that decade came out with some really cool trucks, and it was during the heyday of truck-mania. In 2004, sales of full-size pickups hit 2.56 million units, with Ford’s F-Series remaining the national best-selling vehicle, for 33 years in a row. The 2000s saw a lot of new, innovative truck designs, pushing the segment into new territory and making the competition sweat to keep up. There were plenty of significant trucks that came out between 2000-2009, as we’ll show you below.
Many of these trucks aren’t selling for too much right now—though some are more than 50% of their original value, which is good considering they’re sometimes 15 years old. You can expect all the trucks on this list to skyrocket in value in the coming years, because collectibles are something that never goes out of style.
Here are 20 awesome trucks from the 2000s to buy before they skyrocket in value.
The Ford SVT Raptor was built between 2009 and 2014, and then again in 2017, as one of the strongest trucks ever built in the F-Series. The F-150 version of the Raptor is indeed the most powerful off-road package to ever leave a Ford showroom or factory.
It has a wider track, a broader grille, and more aggressive bodywork than typical F-150s.
Modifications of the truck also include FOX shock absorbers, enhanced suspension, all-terrain tires, and a 6.2-liter V8 engine worth 411 horsepower. Autotrader wrote an entire article on why the 2017 SVT Raptor is worth $65,000, so if you see one for cheap, it’s a good time to snag it before it skyrockets some more.
When the Dodge Ram SRT-10, produced for just three short years between 2004 and 2006, made its debut, people didn’t know what to expect. It was like a ‘70s hot-rod truck, except this was factory made, combining the two most powerful cars in Dodge’s arsenal: the Viper and the Ram truck. Chrysler’s in-house tuning arm, SRT, took the 500-hp, 8.3-liter V10 engine from the Viper and put it on the chassis of a Ram pickup. The incredible package, complete with insane suspension enhancements, produced a truck that would hit 0-60 mph within 5 seconds. It was one of the most potent pickups in history, starting at $45,000, and only now are people realizing what they missed, and snatching these things up in droves. There’s a high likelihood of them becoming highly collectible in the coming years.
The Ford F-150 Foose Edition was the company’s attempt at linking its ridiculously popular truck with one of the hot rod scene’s best-known designers, Chip Foose. This truck was only built for the 2008 model year, and it was a low-riding, four-door crew cab that rode on a dropped chassis, with 22-inch chrome rims.
It had smooth lines and streamlining, as well as Foose badging, and a custom interior.
The supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine boasted 450 horsepower, and made use of its intercooler to help it push out a stiff 500 lb-ft of torque. You can still find a Foose Edition for under $20,000, but don’t expect that to last much longer, as these trucks are highly collectible.
Only 1,333 of these trucks were ever produced, built five years after the passing of Dale Earnhardt. Chevy celebrated with the 2006 Silverado “Intimidator,” using his moniker to complete its name. You don’t have to be a fan of NASCAR to appreciate this truck. It was named after Earnhardt’s aggressive style of driving, and comes packed with a 345-horsepower engine and 380 lb-ft of torque, and can reach 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Its namesake badges are placed on the front doors and back, and the sleek monochromatic black exterior is another nod to Earnhardt’s legacy as “the Man in Black.” These trucks are hard to come by, but they don’t sell for too much when you can find one (around $25,000). For now, at least.
There are so many Fords on this list probably because no other company has come out with more special edition trucks than them. The Saleen S331 Supercharged wasn’t a factory model, but it was a high-performance upgrade for those seeking a special edition of the brand’s full-size pickup.
It was based on the extended cab body, available only with two-wheel drive, and offered in 2007.
It ran on a 5.4-liter V8 engine that ran through a side-exit exhaust system and got up to 450 horsepower, though there are non-supercharged models with 325 horsepower, too. These collectible trucks started at $55,000, sale for about $35,000 used, and are expected to go back toward their original price soon.
The Hemi GTX sport package was introduced to the Dodge Ram in 2004, in order to celebrate the golden Mopar years and their most famous engine: the 426ci Elephant V8. It was commissioned by Dodge but customized by third-party producer LA West of Indiana, after being ordered from the dealers. Only 433 were commissioned in 2004, and a similar number in 2005, making it quite rare. They came with 20-inch American Racing Motto chrome wheels, a blackout cowl hood, “hockey-stick” stripes on the sides, and specially trimmed two-tone leather. The engine was a 5.7-liter V8 Magnum. You can get one for under $15,000, and for a truck that there’s less than a thousand of, that’s a steal. Don’t expect that price forever.
There was a Ford F-150 SVT Lightning produced in the ‘90s, but in the late 1990s and early 2000s they built this model and dropped the “F-150” from the name.
It was initially introduced in 1999, but the 2001 model became the most popular.
The short-box, single-cab SVT Lightning delivered 360 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 5.4-liter V8, but the 2001 model upgraded these to 380-hp and 450 lb-ft. It could hit 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, and with handling upgrades available, the SVT Lightning was the most formidable performance truck of its era. These trucks started at $32,000 new, and you can get them for about half that price at the moment, though they’re going up in price every month it seems.
Most truck fans know about the crazy Ram SRT-10, a truck featuring the Viper’s V10 engine that produced 503 horsepower and can go 0-60 mph in 5 seconds. But many don’t know about the Night Runner, a special, limited edition version of the SRT-10 that was produced just 400 times. The difference between the trucks was in appearance, with the Night Runner featuring a blackout paint job, black 22-inch wheels, unique Night Runner badges, a black center stack, and a plaque with their serial number on the dash. It was only available in 2006, and is still quite unknown to many, so you might be able to get one for cheap, in which case, you should (about $27,000 at a recent auction).
The Chevrolet SSR is considered one of the most “out there” trucks in existence. Some would call it one of the worst ideas for a pickup of all time. This strange looking machine is the spiritual descendant of the El Camino, sort of, but without the style, character, or functionality of the former. The SSR had a short four-year run from 2003 to 2006.
The problem was it tried to be too many things—a pickup, a hotrod, an SUV, and a family car—and ended up failing at all of them.
It has a rounded front, and can hardly haul anything. Still, it’s become a bit of a collector’s item because of the novelty of the “truck,” and they’re still going for between $15-$20,000, which is pretty pricey for a 15-year-old car.
This tank-like truck was built by Navistar between 2006 and the present, but we’re focusing on the first-year model from 2006. These trucks are often contracted out to defense and military companies (the name itself, MXT, stands for “Military Extreme Truck”), but it’s battle-ready for the whole family. The commercial applications include its reinforced exterior, off-road capabilities, and potential machine-gun mounts. For domestic use, there were very little applications, making it less popular than anticipated. It’s still in production for military purposes, but domestic MXTs are few and far between, though they often sell for over six figures (a recent auction had one at $120,000).
The International CXT is part of the same line of super heavy-duty trucks as the International MXT, and like the MXT, it’s ridiculously large in every way. The front end looks like a semi, but the back has the bed of a pickup truck, instead of a trailer hook-up.
The CXT was designed to be the biggest truck around, at nine feet tall and over 10,000 pounds (without extras).
Extra features included video monitors, DVD players, rearview cameras, and it could reach as heavy as 14,000 pounds. The CXT can haul 20 tons and has 540 lb-ft of torque, so it has practical uses, but it only gets eight mpg. Its production ran from 2004 to 2008, when people realized no one needed a truck this big, but it’s still a collectible today. They typically sell for around $70-$100,000.
Pickuptrucks.com called the Chevrolet Avalanche one of the most significant trucks of the decade, 2000-2009. They called it significant because it “combined the best attributes of a full-size SUV and pickup truck in a single vehicle.” Many others would disagree, saying it fails as both an SUV and pickup truck. GM built it to fill the gap between the Suburban and Silverado, and its patented convert-a-cab system made it versatile for carrying passengers or cargo, by offering pass-through access between the cabin and bed, with a removable rear window. The unibody exterior styling was unique, as was the multilink rear suspension and composite bed, traits that would later be used by the Honda Ridgeline. You can get a mid-2000s model for around $15,000, which is quite a steal and considered a low price.
Special edition trucks are a dime a dozen, but every so often a company puts out something that everyone wants to buy. Such is the case with the Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition, debuting in 2000 as a way for diehard motorcycle buffs to wear their brand allegiance on their truck.
This truck featured a unique grille, a sporty body kit, and either black or gray paint schemes set off by large Harley badges and windshield decals.
The 2002-2004 year models especially are collectible, because these editions had the 340-hp, supercharged 5.4-litre V8 engine under the hood. You can get one of these models for around $11-$15,000, which is a steal, because that price is expected to go up in the near future.
People weren’t sure what Lincoln was thinking when they made a “luxury” pickup truck designed to take on Ford and Dodge. The Blackwood isn’t a great pickup, by any means, but because so few were made in such a short time, they’ve become highly collectible since their day (2002-2003). Two of the reasons this truck failed were its high price (over $50,000) and its limited cargo versatility. There’s also a special Neiman Marcus Limited Edition built in 2002, with only 50 produced, that regularly sell for around $30,000 at auction. If you’re lucky enough to find one of these, get it, sit on it, and collect that mailbox money in the future.
The Honda Ridgeline also made pickuptruck.com’s list of “most significant trucks of the decade, 2000-2009,” because it “created a class of one with its unique unibody construction and a trunk in the bed.” The Ridgeline is one of those trucks that you either love or hate, with no in between.
It did what Japanese trucks have done for years, which is break new ground in terms of form and functionality.
It came to market in 2005, doing away with conventional leaf springs in favor of independent rear suspension that gave the ride great comfort. You can get a 2006 model for around $10,000, which is a steal if you’re looking for a truck to invest in that might be worth more in the future.
The GMC Sierra 1500 is considered one of the top 10 cars in terms of resale value five years from now, according to The Street. The GMC Sierra is the mechanically identical cousin to the Chevy Silverado. It’s been around since 1998, to the present, but any models before 2010 you can probably get for around $10,000 or a little more. With an MSRP of $26,670, the Sierra 1500 should retain 55.6% of its value after 5 years, which is great. GM throws enough luxuries and differing body styles at the Sierra to make it different than the Silverado and worth the higher price.
The GMC Canyon is another car on the list of The Street’s “10 vehicles that will have the best resale value 5 years from now.” In its original incarnation, the Canyon was an Isuzu in GM clothes, designed by two automakers and sold as the Isuzu D-Max.
After ford dropped its Ranger line of small pickups, GM rethought the Canyon and gave it a more fuel-efficient engine (21 mpg), aiming for U.S. truck buyers, who long ago had switched to smaller trucks from Japanese automakers.
With an MSRP of $20,995, the Canyon is expected to retain 57.5% of its value after five years, which is great, and will help make this car worth a bit in the future.
The Toyota Tundra came in third place in The Street’s “best resale value in 5 years” list, with an MSRP of $28,510 and a value retention of 58.4% in the next five years. Toyota’s big pickup fares nicely on used car lots, even better than Ford, GM, and Chrysler, even though it makes up just 10% of the U.S. truck market. Toyota created a niche for pickups like the Tundra and the Tacoma, and has grown its truck sales in the U.S. 15%. The Tundra finally got an upgrade last year (first time since 2007), but the Limited CrewMax from 2007 still sells for around $18-$20,000, which isn’t much less than the 2018 MSRP of $28,510.
Coming at #1 on The Street’s list of best value retention cars is the Toyota Tacoma, which is expected to retain a whopping 60.4% of its value in the next five years, and with a relatively low MSRP of $20,965, that’s a big deal. The Tacoma has taken this award 11 times, strictly because it’s durable.
It doesn’t have the size and strength of the F-Series or Silverados of the world, but it has off-road agility, flexible cargo options, and easy handling.
It also gets 23 mpg, same as a small SUV, without sacrificing any mid-sized truck power. It’s been around since 1995, with the first generation ending in 2004, and those are still some collectible trucks, these days.
The 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Rumble Bee is a highly collectible truck that paid homage to the legendary Mopar muscle cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s. It’s a Hemi-powered machine, only offered as a regular cab short-box, and available in either monochrome Solar Yellow or Black. It had bold contrasting vertical racing stripes across each side, and the iconic Super Bee cartoon logo. The hood was adorned with an aggressive center scoop, and it came with 20-inch chrome wheels. A concept Rumble Bee was shown at the 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise to commemorate its 10-year anniversary, which just shows how popular this truck is among collector circles.
Sources: autobytel.com, thestreet.com, pickuptrucks.com, popularmechanics.com, motor-junkie.com, autowise.com