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Toy Trucks for Big Boys

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On: Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 4:30PM | By: Karen Cook

Toy Trucks for Big Boys

When my oldest son was three years old, we moved from Florida to California. We drove across the country in a small Isuzu pick-up. It was a 7-day trip since we drove only between 7am and 9pm so he could sleep in a bed every night. It was a long, cramped journey and I don’t ever want to do it again. He wasn’t much interested in coloring books and the like. What kept him entertained was a plastic beach pail full of tiny model cars. Hot Wheels, Tonka, and generic miniature metal vehicles occupied him for all those hours on the road. Every night the bucket was carried into the hotel where he spread a hand towel next to the sink, washed each car or truck in the tub while he had his bath and lined them up on the towel in neat rows to dry overnight. Boys like their model vehicles. Generally they outgrow the little cars and move on to big ones. Ford is bridging that gap and tapping into the little boy in every man.

Later this month the 2014 Ford F-150 Tonka Edition will hit showrooms to the delight of all the child-at-heart buyers. It is produced by the Tuscany Motor Company in Elkhart, Indiana, in collaboration with Hasbro. The design is based on the F-150 Lariat Crew Cab 4X4 with a 360-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine and comes in that distinctive Tonka Yellow paint job. The body kit includes bright accent trim, chrome on the Dual Tone performance exhaust, and the Tonka emblem on the nose, tailgate, and fenders. There’s a 6-inch suspension lift and heavy duty performance shock absorbers. The wheels are custom 20-inch Tonka alloy wheels with 325/60 BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires. Inside are factory leather seats and floor mats all sporting the Tonka logo.

If you want one of these iconic limited edition trucks you need to get one fast. There are only 500 being made and one will set you back $73,360. You will need to provide your own “Vroom! Vroom!” sound as this is not included.


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