Did '98 Ranger Sport exist?
Let me start by saying I own what's supposed to be a '98 Sport, 2wd, regular cab with a 3.0L, painted grill and rear bumper, etc. Color is uber consistent, the Sport decals look original, and I've seen nothing anywhere on or in the truck which indicates it was pieced together, or had body parts replaced.
That said, I've had reasons to search for '98 Sports, but I cannot find any "official" source which indicates the Sport existed in '98, but instead that it was dropped for a few years, then brought back in '99. Google searches will turn up maybe one or two non-verifiable examples of a '98, but the search results for a '99 is much more obvious.
Can somebody verify if the Sport existed in '98?