The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood was a Unique and Utter Failure
What do you get when a Ford F-150 and a Lincoln Navigator have a love child? A Lincoln Blackwood, of course. You might not remember the Blackwood and we wouldn’t blame you if you have never even heard of its since it didn’t last long. But let’s take a closer look at the 2002 Blackwood, which was a Lincoln truck that was unique, but also an utter failure.
The Lincoln Blackwood was based on a Ford F-150
In the commercial for the Lincoln Blackwood, the tagline for it is, “You don’t explain it, it explains you.” The phrase starts to make more sense the deeper you delve into what the 2002 Lincoln Blackwood was. It was the brand’s attempt at a luxury truck that was made more for style as opposed to substance.
For starters, as we can see from the pictures, it was basically a 2002 Ford F-150 with a Navigator front end and taillights, but there’s so much more to this amalgamation. Under the hood was a 5.4-liter Triton V8 engine that produced 300 hp and 355 lb-ft of torque and was mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
Interestingly, the Blackwood was only available as a rear-drive truck (4WD was not an option), but it was still able to tow up to 8,700 pounds and could scoot from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, according to Motortrend.
The Blackwood’s interior and truck bed were very Lincoln-like
Performance specs aside, what made the Blackwood especially interesting was its cargo bed area, which the automaker actually called a “trunk” to put it more in line with its luxurious panache. That said, the Blackwood’s trunk measured only 27 cubic feet, featured a powered tonneau cover, LED bed lighting strips, stainless steel cargo walls, a split-open barn door tailgate, and a carpeted cargo bed area. Yes, it was carpeted, which means that it was better for hauling luxurious luggage as opposed to chainsaws or a lawnmower.
The luxury accouterments continued inside the cabin, which was adorned in black leather and featured four bucket seats, two up front and two in the rear. The only option available was a $2,000 navigation system that featured a five-inch screen in the center console and the rest of the buttons, dials, and wiper/signal stalks were straight out of the Lincoln/Ford parts bin.
Otherwise, the interior was pretty luxurious for a truck at the time as the front seats were heated and ventilated (although not power adjustable), the climate control was automatic, and there was even a premium sound system with a six-disc CD changer.
To seal the luxurious deal, Lincoln also installed an adjustable air suspension on the Blackwood for a more comfortable ride in addition to a set of 18-inch chrome wheels for some extra style. Also, you could order the Lincoln Blackwood in any color that you like, as long as it was Gunslinger Black.
Lincoln didn’t sell very many Blackwood units
As we can now see, the 2002 Lincoln Blackwood was the luxury truck that no one ever asked for or even wanted. The automaker set out to sell at least 10,000 units per year, but ultimately, only 3,356 units were ever moved off of dealer lots, which could be a result of the truck’s high asking price of $52,500 at the time, which was around $20,000 more than its corporate cousin, the Ford F-150.
Nowadays, you can still find Lincoln Blackwoods for sale in the used market nationwide. Many are priced between $10,000 to $20,000, so it’s safe to say that the Blackwood’s rarity has paid off when it comes to value retention. Although, we’re not sure how much demand there is for them now, considering there wasn’t much back then.