The History of Ford Trucks
In honor of the celebrated F-Series trucks, Ford has put together an interactive online museum of Ford trucks. You can visit the website and browse through decades of models to learn a little bit about the history and see images from the past. You’ll also find historic print ads from each year. Keep reading to find out more about some of the models highlighted on the website.
It was Ford’s 50th anniversary in 1953, and with that the company decided to replace the F-1 Bonus Built with the F-100. The newly designed F-100 featured a longer hood, the new Ford logo, a horizontal grille, and a new “driverized” cab that was said to be more comfortable thanks to added seat foam and sound-insulating material. The 1953 F-Series trucks also came with 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee horn buttons.
In 1967, Ford introduced the F-100 Ranger, which had increased dimensions, a new “swept-away” instrument panel, and was made with more greenhouse glass. It also included different engine options and plusher trim levels.
At the start of the decade, Ford decided to redesign the F-Series. The 1980 F-Series Ford trucks had updated exteriors that were more aerodynamic and stylish than previous models. They had a new grille as well as recessed headlamps and parking lights. The interior was also redesigned to add more space and comfort for passengers.
The Lightning model was introduced in 1993 with a special version of Ford’s 5.8L V8 engine. The Lightning also featured a blackout trim, bucket seats, a front spoiler, a lowered sport suspension, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
In 2001, the first full-size four-door, half-ton crew cab was introduced in the form of the F-150 SuperCrew. In addition to more space, premium trims like the King Ranch and the Harley-Davidson were offered.
A staple in today’s truck segment, the 2015 Ford F-150 is a favorite among drivers in Oswego, Naperville, and across the country. The 2015 F-150 has been designed to be lightweight but powerful. It shed up to 700 pounds compared to previous models with its new aluminum-alloy construction. In addition to stunning towing and payload ratings, it is also the only truck in its class to get a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA.
Relive the Past with the Evolution of Ford Trucks
Head to FordSocial to relive the evolution of Ford Trucks and see historic photos. And if you’re ready to take the 2015 Ford F-150 for a spin, head to River View Ford in Oswego, IL — we’ll be happy to put you behind the wheel.