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Ford F-150 History

Ford F-150 Pickup

The Ford F-150 is one of the most popular vehicles in the United States and one of the most consistently innovative trucks available in the auto market. Surely you know the F-150, but how familiar are you with the pickup truck’s history? Read on as we detail the history of the Ford F-150, from small beginnings to huge success!

F-150 Debut


The F-Series pickup made its debut in 1948. Ford delivered three models that year, the F-1 (half-ton), F-2 (three-quarter ton), and F-3 (heavy duty). These trucks had smooth body shapes, integrated headlights, a large cab, and a single-piece windshield. It came with a choice of two engines: a 95-horsepower V6 and a 100-horsepower V8. This first-generation of trucks ran through 1952.

Second and Third Generations


To celebrate its Golden Anniversary in 1953, Ford released a redesigned second-generation F-Series. The new trucks had a longer hood with more glass area in the cab. Ford also started referring to them as the “Economy Truck Line” and added “00” to the end of the truck models, making the F-1 the F-100.

Ford ended the 1950s with the third generation of the F-Series. In 1957, the trucks wore squarer, modern styling with a wider cabin, a full-width hood, and flush front fenders.

Continued Innovations


The 1960s brought integrated pickup beds, air conditioning, two-tone paint, new engines, and better handling. Ford also went through a wide range of styling on the grille and emblems, seeming to be unable to settle on a design for more than a year or two.

Moving into the 1970s, Ford trucks became more comfort and even luxurious, especially with the Ranger XLT models. The ‘70s also gave the F-Series more colorful options and bright trim work. 1975 saw the introduction of the first F-150, which was created to split the difference between the F-100 and F-250. However, as we all know, it would eventually replace the F-100 to become the best-selling vehicle in the United States. In 1979, the famous “Built Ford Tough” promotional campaign made its debut.


The F-150 Today


Over the next 30 years, the F-Series expanded with a wide range of cab sizes, bed lengths, more technology, more safety, and more power. Today, the F-150 is in its 13th generation and is more capable, more efficiency, and smarter than ever.

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