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Ford F-150 Trucks
A Brief History
Ever since its conception, the Ford F-150 has been one of the most popular and best-selling vehicles in the United States. The Ford F-150 is a pickup truck manufactured and marketed by Ford since 1948. In 1999, to address the need of heavy duty trucks, the F-250 and F-350 became known as the Ford Super Duty trucks, which are built on a powerful chassis with heavier-duty components.
Since the introduction of the Ford F-Series in 1948, Ford has sold an estimated 35 million trucks, and in 2015, the F-150 was named the best-selling vehicle in America, a trend that includes the 32 years before that.
Appearance Over Time
The Ford F-150 has evolved tremendously since its inception in 1948. At the time, the first generation F-Series was known as the Ford Bonus-Built, and it was a replacement for the car-based pickup first introduced in 1942. The F-Series was sold in pickup, panel truck, can-over engine, conventional truck, and school bus chassis body styles, and it encompassed eight different weight ratings. For 1953, Ford introduced an all new version of the F-series, which had revamped engines, and updated chassis, and bigger dimensions. In 1957, the third generation featured a significant redesign which included integrated front fenders. In 1961, the fourth generation had increased dimensions, a longer and lower profile, and additional engine options, and in 1967, the engines options were expanded.
For 1973, the 6th generation vehicle had signidicant changes including increased cabin dimensions, improved AC, a full double wall construction, and a bulkier and boxier look. The seventh generation included a redesigned vehicle with larger body and new engine options. At the time, Ford was moving towards fuel efficiency and eliminated the 5.8 liter and 6.6 liter engines. The eighth generation was released in 1987 and although it carried the same body style from the seventh generation, it had a rounded front clip that improved aerodynamics and included more aerodynamic and smooth lines around the rear bed and fender arches. In 1992 the F-150 was redesigned again, and included a lower hoodline, rounded front fenders and grille, and interior updates.
With the tenth generation in 1997, and a changing customer base, Ford decided to split the F-Series lineup into the F-150 marketed as a contemporary vehicle for personal use, and the F-250 and F-350 as trucks designed for working customers. For the eleventh generation, the F-150 was redesigned on a new platform, and in addition to many other changes, all F-150s were given four doors. With a major focus on fuel economy with the twelfth generation, Ford included EcoBoost models. Other changes include Super Duty-style grilles and head lamps, standard cab models that have two doors instead of four and two new V-8 engines. Currently in their 13th edition, the F-150 received some significant changes, including a weight reduction of 750 lbs, new engine options, and a more aerodynamic lines.
Ford has made many significant changes to the F-series truck. Starting in 1948, the Ford F-series was equipped with two engine options, a 226 cubic inch inline 6 rated at 95 horsepower and a V8 that put out 100 horsepower. Major improvements were made in 1959, when ford introduced a larger V-8 rated at 186 horsepower with available four-wheel drive. In 1965, three engine options were available, 240 and 300 cubic inch engines rated at 150 and 170 horsepower respectively, and a 352 cubic inch V8 rated at 208 horsepower.
Major changes were again made in 1983 when ford offered a 7.5 liter V8 engine that put out 245 horsepower, and a 6.9 liter diesel V8 engine that had less power (170 hp). In 1995, a new "Power Stroke" turbodiesel engine became available and put out 210 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque. Current engine choices include a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 283 horsepower, a 2.7-liter twin turbocharged V6 that puts out 325 horsepower, a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out a whopping 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, and a larger 5.0-liter V8 engine that can put out 385 horsepower.
Take A Test Drive At Atlanta Luxury Motors
When it's the best-selling truck for 40 years straight, you know Ford has done something right. With jaw-dropping capability, up-to-date technology and performance that speaks louder than words, there's no reason not to check out the F-150. Visit our dealership and speak with a sales associate who help you compare used Ford F-150 models.