In what can only be considered cruel and unusual punishment, there are a bunch of Ford F-250 Super Duty trucks that have been converted into sedans.
Obviously this isn’t an officially produced vehicle from Ford Motor Company, instead these creations come to us from Brazillian upfitter Tropical Cabines. Dubbed the Tropiclassics, these extremely odd sedans first showed up in 2001 and were meant to accompany the brand’s line of three-row Tropivan SUV conversions and Tropicampo cab extensions. Previously, the company had made a name for itself converting Ford F-1000 trucks into sedans during the ‘90s.
According to The Drive, the Super Duty trucks were skinned down to just a chassis cab before being refitted with prefabbed body conversions which were produced by Tropical Cabines’ in-house staff. Aside from the bling added to the front end, about three-quarters of the truck remains stock, well, at least until you get to the rear end.
The rear flanks, bumper, and deck lid are all new, with the tail lights being borrowed from a Ford Focus of the same vintage. The resemblance is actually somewhat uncanny. Inside, the seating remains largely stock looking in this Ford F-250 Super Duty sedan, with this example sporting a long throw manual transmission.
These trucks could be had with two unique engines that were, pardon the pun, completely foreign to American consumers. In Brazil you could get the Ford Super Duty with two choices of turbodiesel engines never seen here in North America. There was a 3.9-liter Cummins B-series paired with four-speed automatics, or there was a 4.2-liter inline-six from MWM, a Brazilian division of Navistar.
Truthfully, Tropical Cabines didn’t only convert F-Series trucks into sedans, the Tropiclassic treatment was also executed on models from Chevrolet, including the S-10, Silverado, and the Latin-exclusive D-20. Even though these trucks were built to order by 2015 the company was forced to scale back the Tropiclassic portfolio to just a single model, despite their recent expansion into Dodge Ram conversions.
Apparently the company now makes most of its money from selling elongated medium-duty Ford trucks, with most of them most likely making their way to the Middle East. Which is fine, because I don’t ever want to see one of these things. But if Brazil wants to send anything up this way, we’d gladly accept the Ford Troller.
– By Micheal Accardi