Ford companies created variants of good model truck vehicles such as ford classic trucks f-250, 2017 ford f-150 supercrew cab, 1965 F-100, 1972 F-250 Camper Special, 1979 F-250 Ranger etc. On January 4, 2017, Ford announced that it sold 820,799 F-series Pickup trucks in 2016. That number made the truck the best-selling vehicle in the United States in 2016; just like it did the year before, the year before that, and 32 years before that. To be more precise, Ford F-series is the best-selling vehicle in the United States for 35 consecutive years, and also the best-selling truck for 40 years. The history of Ford F-series began with the humble yet bold-looking first generation truck released in 1948 – 1952, the F-1 model.
Ford trucks 2017 – Over the course of 68 years, Ford has made at least 35 million F-series. Assuming the weight of every truck from the series is around 4000 pounds, you get a total weight of 140 billion pounds. Roughly speaking, it is the same weight of more than 190 Empire State buildings. Ford F-series is currently in its 13th generation, boasting a whole lot of changes in almost all aspects but the name: visuals, power, interior designs, and technologies.
Early models of F-series were marketed as light-duty to medium-duty trucks. Starting in 1999, Ford decided to also include an improved model dubbed the Super Duty trucks 4×4 Series with improved components including more powerful parts and redesigned chassis. The most popular of F-series of the entire 13 generations is the F-150.
Originally built to be a utilitarian vehicle for the working class post World-War II, SUV F-series has gone through a lot of changes and configurations to meet the demands. Its nature as a workhorse remains intact, but the additions of new features and implementations of modern technologies have made the F-series an almost all-purpose series – including speed – especially if you consider that the newly-formed Ford Performance Division now takes the responsibility for the SVT Raptor – it is the same division who handles GT Supercar. It does not matter what kind of person you are and regardless of your personal preferences – bet it speed, comfort, power, convenience, technology – there is always an Ford Classic Trucks F-series for you. If there is one thing that makes a car survive and thrive in the fast-paced competitive nature of the automobile industry, it is the ability to transform and adapt to changes. It also happened to be two things that the F-series does best.
A brief yet more detailed story of seven F-series generation is as follows:
1. First Generation (1948 – 1952): the first F-series model of 1948 was a truly new pick-up truck since the beginning of World War II. New front end, a wide range of cabs, and multiple chassis configurations were introduced. There were three engine variants as well. Another new front end came in 1951 with fresh grille, front fenders, and larger rear window. The new 215-cubic inch overhead valve inline 6-cylinder followed in 1952 to replace the flathead six.
2. Second Generation (1953 – 1956): in 1953, Ford celebrated its 50th year, and it took the occasion to introduce some new F-series models including F-100 (to replace the F-1) and F-250 (to replace the F-2 and F-3). The year also marked two important events in Ford history: the company introduced automatic transmission for the first time and it ended the use of Ford flathead V8 first introduced in 1932.
3. Third Generation (1957 – 1960): the more modern exterior designs came along in 1957. Prominent features include more square-looking body and Flareside rear fender. Approaching 1960, Ford introduced 4-wheel drive options for the F-100 and F-250. While aftermarket versions had already been available back then, it was the first official option from the company. Third generation Ford F-series also initiated the transformation from work-focused truck to everyday-use vehicle.
4. Fourth Generation (1961 – 1966): front sheet metal and Styleside were the dominant features although the more conventional Flareside were still available. However, integrated Styleside was dropped after the 1963 model. F-100 and F-250 went through some improvements again in 1965 with soil spring suspensions for the 2-wheel drive version. According to Ford, the redesigned components made the car drive like a car yet work like a truck. Ford introduced Camper Special package for the two models as well. The F-250 with 4-door crew cab was available for the first time in 1965.
5. Fifth Generation (1967 – 1972): the main concerns for improvements were luxury and comfort factors. Shoulder-mounted belts, padded sun visors, and padded dash appeared in 1967 Ford F-series. Two new V8 engines were introduced with displacement of either 360 or 190 cubic inches. Side marker lights or reflectors for rear and front fenders came to existence in F-series due to federal regulations. Top trim level of the generation was Ranger XLT 1970 lineup.
6. Sixth Generation (1973 – 1979): the incorporated “F O R D” wording in the grille was an attention-grabbing feature of the new models in 1973. Biggest change of generation six was an extended-cab version that appeared a year later for F-100 through F-350; these versions were called the SuperCab. It was available in either front-facing seat or center-facing bench seats; there was no 4-wheel drive standard configuration, but it was available as option for F-100 and F-250.
Heavy-duty version of F-100, called the F-150, was born in 1975. Featuring increased payload capacity and heavier springs, the vehicle came in 2-wheel drive configuration only. At that time, the introduction of F-150 was not particularly important, but it would eventually replace F-100 in its entirety as base-model at later date.
7. Seventh Generation (1980 – 1986): fuel economy and aerodynamics became major considerations. Ford did it in many ways for examples the use of lightweight materials (aluminum, plastics, and overall lighter gauge steel) to reduce weight and diesel fuel. The first Ford diesel pickup was the 6.9-liter V8 engine F-250 1983. Starting a year later, F-100 was no longer in production in favor of F-150 as the base model.