News Editor Stephen Elmer's Picks
What kind of vehicle do you buy for a guy who already owns the classic truck of his dreams? My old man picked up a 1971 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne last year, and he absolutely loves it. In light of this, my first pick for him is geared towards hauling around his prized possession, which is why I would buy him a new 2013 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn.
With the fifth-wheel tow rating maxing out at 30,000 lbs, this monstrous American heavy hauler has way more than enough grunt to haul my Dad’s classic Chevy around to car shows. Staying comfortable over the many miles will be easy with the Longhorn package and its interior amenities, which includes leather wrapped everything and a center mounted touchscreen with UConnect Infotainment. And although the Ram logo may clash with the Chevy bowtie, American muscle is what my old man cherishes. Of course, the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine with a best-in-class 850 lb-ft of torque helps too.
Plus, when it comes to heavy duties, you just can’t beat the Ram’s tough yet handsome exterior looks.
If you hadn’t already figured this one out, my Dad’s a pickup truck guy. If I did buy him a sports car, say a new SRT Viper, I know that it would instantly be traded in for motor oil, truck parts, new tools and delicious expensive steaks. But I’m not dumb. I know the perfect combo of sports car and pickup truck to keep my old man happy for the rest of his days: the 1999 Ford F-150 Lightning.
As much pickup truck as it is sports car, the F-150 Lightning gets its power from a 5.3-liter supercharged V8 that puts out 360 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. Completely re tuned suspension helps the Lightning actually stick in the corners, making this one of the most track-focused pickups ever made. When it arrived back in 1999, the truck owned the accolade of world’s fastest production pickup truck from Guinness. Towing isn’t completely out of the question either, as this truck is ready for a Class III hitch out the back.