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History of the Ford F-150 | Nashville, TN



The F-Series launched in 1948 with a number of improvements that set it apart from the rest of the segment. A smoother body, integrated headlights, and a one-piece windshield were just some of the most attractive features. The pickup line received cosmetic touches and mechanical upgrades through 1952.


The 1953 model year brought a sleek look defined by a hood that flowed into the grille. The pickups gained new names as well: F-100, F-250, and F-350. The cabin brought new driver-oriented features such as armrests and a cigar lighter. The V8 engine grew larger and produced 173 hp, up from 100 hp, in 1948.


1957 brought a redesign that created a streamlined style few competitors could match at the time. The F-Series boasted a new Styleside model that featured smooth sides and a unified look. Available four-wheel drive made its way to the pickup’s option list in 1959.


The 1970s saw some major changes in the truck’s main features, including an optional automatic transmission. The F-150 officially came to the market in 1975 as a half-ton pickup that was slotted between the F-100 and F-250. It caught on with drivers quickly, amounting to more than a third of all F-Series sales that year.


1980 brought a more aerodynamic design and an interior that boated 10% more legroom than previous models. The blue Ford oval arrived in the center of the grille in 1982. The F-100 fell from the lineup in 1984, making the popular F-150 the new base model.


By 1987, the Ford F-150 had become the bestselling vehicle for nearly a decade. The 1998 model year saw a subtle celebration of the F-150’s 50th anniversary in the form of an anniversary decal on the windshield. Today, the F-150 still reigns supreme as the bestselling vehicle forty years in a row.


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