2002 FORD F-150 EVEL KNIEVEL GLADIATOR - 96482Sold* at Scottsdale 2011 - Lot #1265.1 2002 FORD F-150 EVEL KNIEVEL GLADIATORhttps://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/96482/96482_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #1265.1 2002 FORD F-150 EVEL KNIEVEL GLADIATOR
Lot #1265.1 - To honor his childhood hero, Beau Boeckmann of Galpin Ford conceived of the "Galpinized Evel Knievel F150" Gladiator Ford pickup in June of 2002. Galpin had a huge party to unveil the new truck at their dealership in Los Angeles with nearly 3,500 people attending the "meet and greet" to get an autograph or a photo with Evel. In addition, Evel used this event as a platform to announce his comeback to motorcycle jumping. It was here that he announced he would make one final jump to mark his return from retirement at age 64. Unfortunately, his declining health and the diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis only a few years later would prevent him from ever completing that goal. Evel had this truck, #000 prototype of 2000, hauled all over the United States. He incorporated it in every appearance he made starting in 2002 and continuing on until he could no longer drive due to his failing health. Evel used the truck on an appearance of The Jimmy Kimmel show, insisting they record his segment of the show showing him sitting in the truck and not inside the studio. He also used the truck in conjunction with the announcement and press conference of his Evel Knievel Experience in Primin, Nevada in 2002. This truck features a 5.4L Triton V8, red, white and blue leather seats, custom paint, Boyd Coddington wheels, custom "EK" badging and many more custom touches. 19,023 actual miles.
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