Lincoln Blackwood

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Lincoln Blackwood
2002 Lincoln Blackwood 2.jpg
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production August 2001–December 2002 (2002 model year)
Assembly Claycomo, Missouri, United States
Designer Patrick Schiavone
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury pickup truck
Body style 4-door crew-cab truck
Layout FR layout
Platform Ford P platform
Related Ford Expedition
Ford F-Series
Lincoln Navigator
Engine 5.4L 300 hp V8
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 138.5 in (3,518 mm)
Length 220.2 in (5,593 mm)
Width 78.0 in (1,981 mm)
Height 73.6 in (1,869 mm)
Successor Lincoln Mark LT

The Blackwood was a pickup truck from the Lincoln division of American automaker Ford Motor Company. It was sold in the United States in 2002 only, and sold in Mexico 2002 and 2003.

The Blackwood was a luxuriously-trimmed version of the Ford F-150 Crew Cab pickup truck, and was greeted with enthusiasm after its debut at the North American International Auto Show in January 1999. Lincoln's success with the Lincoln Navigator emboldened the company to pursue the first-ever luxury pickup truck, and Cadillac was in hot pursuit with the Cadillac Escalade EXT.

The Blackwood was only available with a black exterior and interior. The truck bed was redone as a trunk, with a power tonneau and plush carpeting. The box was manufactured from plastic composites but lined with stainless steel. The exterior of the bed featured aluminum pinstripes over artificial burled black wood. The truck was rear wheel drive only. All of these luxury features limited the practical usability of the Blackwood, and stood in stark contrast to the more utilitarian Cadillac, which was available with four-wheel drive. Only 3,356 Blackwoods were made in just 15 months of production, with the final models selling well below invoice. Retail price was to be US$52,500. Lincoln had originally hoped for about 18,000 projected sales in 2002 and 2003, but had announced the discontinuation of the Blackwood before the 2002 model year was over. Among the factors behind the Blackwood's failure were high price and limited cargo versatility. [1]

The Blackwood was delivered late, with first sales in October 2001, due to a supply problem with the cargo box, produced by Magna Steyr. Ford reportedly froze their contracts with Magna International for part of 2001 over the issue. The Blackwood was manufactured at Kansas City Assembly in Claycomo, Missouri, through December 2002.

Lincoln recreated their unique luxury pickup truck as the Mark LT in the 2006 model year, however they did not repeat many of the mistakes made with the Blackwood—particularly its lack of options and versatility. In addition, the Lincoln Mark LT was discontinued after the 2008 model year in the United States, but continued sales in Mexico through 2014.

The Blackwood shared components from many Fords, and Lincolns, the body was from an F150, the front fenders and hood were from a Lincoln Navigator, but there were some unique parts on it, such as the bed with a power tonneau cover, with stainless steel box lining.

Rear of Lincoln Blackwood.

The Blackwood came with one option, which was a navigation system with a 5" color screen.

Years Engine Power Torque
2002 5.4 L InTech DOHC V8 300 hp (223.7 kW; 304.2 PS) 355 ft·lbf (481 N·m)

Neiman Marcus Edition[edit]

Fifty special Blackwoods were built for the 2001 Neiman Marcus spring catalog. These Neiman Marcus Edition Blackwoods featured the company logo stitched into the headrests, a leather-wrapped rear-console lid with a 7 inch Panasonic wide screen LCD DVD/Video-CD/CD player with wireless headphones and a cooler/warmer. This special Blackwood was priced at US$58,800.


External links[edit]

Media related to Lincoln Blackwood at Wikimedia Commons