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Ford Trucks History

Important Dates in the History of Ford Trucks

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Ford Trucks History
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1900
Henry Ford builds his third vehicle – a truck.

1917
Ford introduces the Model T One-Ton truck chassis, the first chassis built specifically for trucks.

1925
The first factory-assembled Ford pickup debuts, with a price tag of $281. The new truck is outfitted with a cargo box, an adjustable tailgate, four stake pockets and heavy duty rear springs.

1928
Ford introduces the Model A Open Cab Pickup and AA Chassis.

1932
Ford adds an all-new Model B pickup and a new Model BB truck chassis to its lineup. It's the first year for the Ford flathead V-8.

1948
In 1948, F-Series trucks becomes Ford Motor Company's first all-new, post-war line of vehicles. F-Series trucks range from F-1 (1/2 ton) to F-8 (3-ton) models.

1953
The F-100 pickup is introduced, replacing the F-1.

1959
Ford offers drivers the first factory-built, F-250 four-wheel drive models.

1965
Twin I-beam front suspension is announced, a feature that greatly improves ride quality.

1965
The name "Ranger" is used to describe a styling package for F-Series pickup trucks.

1965
The F-250 Crew Cab becomes Ford's first four-door pickup.

1974
Ford introduces the F-Series SuperCab body style for F-100 through F-350 trucks.

1975
Ford introduces the F-150.

1980
The F-150 is redesigned to offer a more finished cab and more comfort options for drivers.

1981
Plans for the all-new Ranger pickup truck are unveiled at a press conference in Dearborn, Michigan.

1983
This year flagged the debut of the F-Series 6.9-liter diesel V-8.

1986
The Ford Ranger is named "4x4 of the Year" by Petersen's 4-Wheel and Off-Road magazine.

1988
The F-150truck is now available as a 4X4 SuperCab model.

1994
A driver's side air bag becomes standard equipment.

1995
The F-Series overtakes the Volkswagen Beetle as the world's best-selling vehicle nameplate.

1998
Ford builds a limited number of NASCAR edition F-150 trucks.

2003
The 6.0-liter Power Stroke diesel is added.

2004
Ford designs new F-150 trucks that reflect the daily-driver status of today's pickups.

2005
Ford rolls out a newly designed Super Duty truck. The F-150 wins numerous "best truck" awards.

2007
A supercharged Harley-Davidson edition truck becomes available.

2008
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the F-Series pickup truck; Ford designs special edition trucks to commemorate the anniversary.

Source, Ford Media

F-Series Trucks History

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