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You can debate almost anything concerning cars and trucks, but one impossible thing to argue is the Ford F-150. There has never been a vehicle that has been an absolute 'must-have' or has sold more models since Ford released it in 1975. For over 35 straight years the Ford F-150 and its heavy duty counterparts have topped the sales charts!

That's quite an experience, and these trucks also defeated their competition in their class, which lasted for a longer period of time of 40-years. Even though the Ford pickups came out during the 1970s, they had launched their iconic pickup all the way back in 1948, a little after World War II. Since the F-1 launch that year, the automaker's trucks were classified as modified cars.

Then the 1948 model changed that, which led to the F-Series continuing its evolution straight into the 21st century. These days, the F-150 and other sturdy models offer most of today's tech and one of the most comfortable interiors that a pickup truck has ever seen. But, it definitely didn't start off this way. Here we have a few snapshots from previous F-Series pickups.


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The Begining of the F-150

The T Truck

To find out the origins of Ford trucks, we're going to have to go way, way back to the 1910s, when the automaker changed the Model T to a pickup. This vehicle was basically a roadster with a flatbed attached over their back wheels. Even such a simple setup got the product going in their early days.

Greater in the 1930s

It was obvious that most people loved the Model T truck but, Ford was

improving with two different models, Model A and Model B. Weight distribution improved and the flat bad also improved lengthwise, so towards the Depression, a lot of people loved this new style, especially when they added a V8 engine to it. But, this truck was still a roadster so it still had limits.

Joining the war in the 1940s

By the late 1930s, a long-bed and hardtop model was created, and in 1941 the customers had plenty of options to choose from. Within those choices were the new V6 engines that fit with the V8 and four-cylinder choices. Ford had borrowed the grille styling and the underlying platform from cars, which led to them launching plenty of track plants in 1941 in case the United States were to ever enter the war. Customers later stopped buying their products for several years after the Pearl Harbor invasion.

The Making of the F-Series

After World War II, Ford had launched its very first brand-new truck platform with eight different models. Stating with the half-ton F-1 all the way to their three-ton F-8, the customers had a whole lot of options to choose from. Engine options varied between the 95-horsepowerV6 to the 100-horsepower V8. F-Series trucks started off with a humble, subtle look and was more practical than the ones that come before.

A New Generation

In 1953, Ford celebrated their 50th anniversary by introducing the second generation of F-Series models. The front grille had clearly changed - and new engines were also added - and the redesign was more general. A few more things that were introduced are improved V8 engines, better visibility, longer dimension, and automatic transmission. Also added were hood ornaments and the classification that we recognize today: the F-100 and the F-250 replaced the three lightest pickups on the list

Greater Horsepower for 1954

During the second generation, updates continued throughout the year. While visibility had improved after Ford had added their wraparound windshields, improved power specs expanded the choices on the work site. By 1954, they had six-cylinder engines that were maxed out at 115 horsepower, while the V8 engine defeated it with 130 horsepower.

Third Generation

You can't help but notice the change when you compare the second and third generation of the F-Series. In 1960 Ford Customers were greeted were to be greeted by their new square grille and 4th four additional headlights. Three years prior, the 1957 models were premiering the pickup's wider can and a few other updates. During the year of 1959, Ford was beginning to offer four-wheel drive in their factory models.

Fourth Generation

After Ford added four-wheel drive and more than 200 horsepower by 1956 the fourth generation of Ford trucks continued to drive their way up to the modern age. Super Duty trucks made their premiere in 1958, and two headlights also made a comeback for the customers who drive in the evening.

The Ranger's Premiere

When the F-Series fifth generation began, their customers had three choices: custom, base, and Ranger. If you went with the Ranger than the features you'd expect were comfortable seats, carpeted floor, and a standard chrome grille. By 1970, right before the fifth generation models were to end, a fourth trim, which was the XLT, was added to the list.

Added Style and Function

In 1968 new laws required side-view mirrors and a heavy-duty model from 1971 shows how Ford put that to their advantage. An upgraded V8 now delivered the customer about 220 horsepower. While this was happening, the automakers were constantly in the making of restyling the grille.

Sixth Generation

The Sixth Generation (1973 to 1979) of F-Series trucks were extraordinary for plenty of reasons, but we'll start in 1974 which is the year the SuperCab came to life. When Dodge had established a pickup with extra seating, Ford felt compelled counter it. To no surprise, another V8 engine had entered and America's favorite truck was about to step into the light.


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The Ford F-150

Some people might ask if the F-150 was really necessary. In the mid-1970s, most customers found themselves caught between the incapable F-100 and the powerful F-250. This new model closed the gap starting in 1975, with the new model approximately one-third of the F-Series sales that year were made of F-150s. While America was celebrating its bicentennial in 1976, F-Series trucks began their journey to the top of the sales list which still continues to this day.

Custom Packages and the End of F-100

Starting in the early years of the 1980s, Ford truck customers had the option the customize their truck with custom paint packages. These trucks were capable of delivering things when it came to work and were comfortable enough to enjoy with family and after hours, Ford offered via their marketing. Notice the oval design making an appearance on the grille? Making of the F-100 ended in 1983.

Eighth Generation

Starting off with the 1987 model year, Ford F-Series trucks had started their eight generation. The two key upgrades were the wraparound parking lights and standard fuel injections. F-350 and larger models were added to the Super Duty list. The new simplified grille had its fair share of fame throughout the following generations.

Ideas for Styling After 1991

During the last few years of the F-Series eighth generation, truck lovers were offered new performances and styling packages. One of the choices from the new packages was a heavy-duty service package which made snow plowing easier. In the year of 1991, a "Nite" package created an all-black look for F-150 owners who wanted to stand out amongst other Ford truck owners.

The Amazing F-150

The ninth generation (1992) of F-Series had made its premiere and was also enjoying the luxury of being at the top of America's sales chart for more than a decade. Of course, the automaker saw this as a chance to make an experiment and released a performance model through the Special Vehicle Team during its opening year. With the 1993 SVT F-150 Lightning's excellent handling could come in with a tie or beat a Ford Mustang GT in long track runs.

A Few More Changes for the Ninth Generation

Another thing that came out with new performance models is that major cosmetic upgrades in the ninth generation. Designers were looking to satisfy another generation of costumers meaning a special Eddie Bauer trim was created in 1995.

10th generation

Important changes were created in the 10th generation of F-Series trucks that were initiated in 1997. For their 50th anniversary on 1998, Ford got rid of the chrome grille and added more curves to their trucks. Starting in 1999, heavy-duty trucks got their own line of F-Series Super Duty.

The 21st Century

The first redesign of the new truck brought a brand-new program for the 2004 F-150 and, eventually, for the 2008 Super Duty trucks.  For the 11th generation, designers added an even greater comfort and styling for the pickup. This model style didn't last very long and later died out at the beginning of the Great Recession.

12th Generation

Wartime America appeared to influence the 12th generation of F-Series trucks. There is no questioning the powerfulness of the F-150 with its aggressive stand and bold grille. Halfway through the model period (2011), Ford defied the rising prices of fuel by installing the very first 3.5 liters EcoBoost V6 engine for their F-150.

Super Duty's Fame Grows

While Ford was nearing the end of the 12th generation F-Series trucks, their Super Duty models ventured closes to perfection. Later in 2011, 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel engines became an option for customers. Several years later, with a reasonable amount of decades in books and millions of models on the road, iSeeCars.com calculated more F-250 Super Duty trucks above 200,00 miles than any other vehicle out there. 

The Aluminum Truck

If you're thinking about a vehicle worth gambling for, then the 13th generation F-150 is near the top of the list. After many decades of being at the top of the sales charts, Ford left behind steel so they make an aluminum truck form, surprisingly it worked well! And if that wasn't enough, this new F-150 became the first ever pickup to receive an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick designation and a five-star NHTSA safety rating. With the current results, we can easily say Ford rocked the new design and improved its reputation for their lead truck.

Apocalypse? No Problem

If you're ever in an apocalypse that causes you to be stuck on the side of the road, you might want to consider waving down a 2017 Raptor. Ford took the idea of a performance pickup and took it with them, equipping the Raptor with 510-pound-feet of torque and important interior comforting. But, we'll just point out the more appealing obvious hints. We can't think of nicer-look pickup out there.

2018 F-150

One century after Ford premiered its very first Model T truck, the 2018 F-150 came into view. New advanced impact protection technology and a key upgrade that was added was the F-150's best towing abilities. Also added were regular start-stop features that made this vehicle more economical than any of their previous models. While most of us aren't sure about the next century of truck production, Ford definitely ended their century of work in style.



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