Ford F-Series F150 F-250 F-350 F-450 F-550 F-650 F-750 Pickup Trucks are all here. The F-Series is a series of full-size pickup trucks from Ford Motor Company which has been sold continuously for over six decades. The most popular variant of the F-Series is the F-150.
It was the best-selling vehicle in the United States for 24 years, currently the best-selling truck for 34 years, and the best selling vehicle in Canada, though this does not include combined sales of GM pickup trucks. In the tenth generation of the F-series, the F-250 and F-350 changed body style in 1998 and joined the Super Duty series.
During the post-World War II era, smaller Canadian rural communities had access to either a Ford dealer or a Lincoln-Mercury-Meteor dealer, but not both; a Mercury-badged version was sold at Lincoln-Mercury-Meteor dealers there from 1946-1968. Other than the grilles, trim, and badging, these trucks were identical to their Ford counterparts.
The first F-Series truck (known as the Ford Bonus-Built) was introduced in 1948 as a replacement for the previous car-based pickup line introduced in 1941. The F-Series was sold in eight different weight ratings, with pickup, panel truck, cab-over engine (COE), conventional truck, and school bus chassis body styles.
The second generation trucks were given their now familiar names: The F-1 became the F-100, the F-2 became the F-250, and the F-3 became the 1-ton F-350.
For the third generation, Ford started its tradition of distinguishing the two types of pickup boxes; the traditional separate-fender body was called FlareSide, while a new smooth-sided look was known as StyleSide. The cabover F-Series was discontinued, having been replaced by the tilt-cab C-Series. In 1959, Ford began in-house production of four-wheel drive trucks.
Ford introduced a new style of truck, unibody trucks, integrating the cab and the box; this was produced until 1963. In 1965, the F-Series began to offer a 4-door crew cab as an option. Additionally that year, the Ranger name made its first appearance on a Ford truck; previously a base model of the Edsel, it was now used to denote a high-level styling package for F-Series pickups. A new chassis also marked the first appearance of Twin I-Beam front suspension.
In 1967, along with a minor update, the F-Series changed the Ranger from an option package to a separate trim level. In response to federal regulations, Ford added a number of exterior lights in 1968 and made some changes to the interior controls.
The changes for the sixth generation were largely cosmetic; Ford made several year-to-year changes, with a significant grill redesign in mid 1977. Rectangular headlights replaced round headlights in the latter half of 1978. More substantial introductions included the addition of front disc brakes. On four-wheel drive models, the front suspension was now equipped with coil springs on the half-ton models. To increase passenger room, the cab was lengthened three inches. For those wanting a rear passenger seat in a smaller truck than a crew cab, the SuperCab was introduced in 1974.
In 1975, the F-150 was introduced in between the F-100 and the F-250; eventually, it would replace the former as the standard F-Series model. For 1978, the Bronco was redesigned; much like the contemporary Chevrolet Blazer, it was now a shortened version of the four-wheel drive F-Series.
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