Ford has built over 35 million trucks in the F-series since 1948. It has been the top selling truck in America for most of those years and continues to maintain its reputation of excellence, durability and dependability to this day. Although the 2017 Ford F-150 looks a lot different than its ancestor did in the late 1940s, it’s ruggedness and willingness to do the job, any job, is the same.
The interesting thing about Ford trucks is that many of the early ones are still on the road today. They are not used a the work horses they were initially engineered to be but rather as symbols of beauty and excellence from a period of rough and ready American toughness. People treasure those great old vintage trucks because they exude style and great design. It’s no wonder that their value as highly collectable automotive specimens keep going up year after year after year.
The Ford trucks started out using car based chassis until the 1948 model changed all that. Ford engineers made the F-series a stand alone design in every way possible. No more car parts, the first generation was introduced to sell in eight different weight ratings including the pickup, cab-over engine, bus chassis model, panel truck and the conventional truck. The 1948 F-series became an instant hit and the next generation, which was improved upon, became even more popular. The F-series used numbers like F-100, based on the popular North American F-100 Super Sabre jet. Other numbers, F-250, F-350, F-500 and the F-900 were also used from 1953 to 1956 generation 2.
The F-150 was introduced in 1975 and that name and number designation stuck as a descriptive for the best selling truck in the country. The Ford truck division set new standards by which all other trucks would henceforth be judged. The large body, the rugged chassis, the exterior and interior styling, along with the essential aerodynamics all brought truck manufacturing to a competitive frenzy with Ford, of course, coming out on top.
Today’s Ford F-series truck is no different than its predecessors in that it is the truck to have and the one to depend on when the going gets tough. It’s also the one to have if you want comfort and user-friendly drivability. You can test drive one of these icons at Patterson Ford of Bowie.