Originally Posted by BonneMeMN
Nearly all production prototypes are crushed. Hot Rod Mag Did up an 04 F140, they tubbed the rear, Huge paint job, modified the bed to H***, suspension was all redone, put in a cage, drag slicks, cause Ford said to make a show truck. Ford said they couldn't have it anymore, and it had to be crushed.
They were told to return it to stock form.
I think ford got a huge pile of parts to destroy..
The ones that are displayed by other companies might be crushed (Car and Driver, MotorTrend, etc.). But the ones on show in an OEM'* display, made by that very OEM are not crushed. The amount of R & D in the prototypes is significant. To help offset those costs, the OEMs and suppliers use them to recover as much of the expense as possible.
The prototypes aren't sold primarily because they may not meet federal safety requirements and/or OEM quality specifications.