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The birth of tough.

You could say the F-1 Bonus Built is one of the first baby boomers. Born in 1948, along with the rest of the F-Series family, it’s the first new vehicle built by Ford after World War II. It comes with the promise of a comfortable “Million Dollar” cab and “Built Stronger to Last Longer” construction. Ford makes more than 300,000 F-Series trucks that first year – its best sales year since 1929.

The F-Series is redesigned in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ford.

It may be the birthday of Ford, but it’s America that gets the present: the F-100, replaces the F-1 Bonus Built. It features a longer hood, with new Ford crest badge, horizontal grille bars and a new “driverized” cab with added seat foam and sound-insulating material. To commemorate the golden anniversary, all 1953 F-Series trucks come with 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee horn buttons. The F-100 is the first of the Ford “Economy Truck Line.”

The F-100 gets a sleeker, sportier look.

The ‘50s are all about looking cool, and nothing looks cooler than the restyled F-100 with its full wraparound windshield, new grille and a newly available “Power King” V8 engine. Other new items include a 12-volt electrical power system, tubeless tires, optional heavy-duty three-speed manual transmission and optional Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. This is also the first year safety belts become an option.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ford Trucks, the F-100 gets a squarer, more modern look.

The new F-Series is billed as a completely new concept: “pickup design with a functional purpose.” It proves that something squarer can actually be hipper. It sports a wider cab, hidden running boards, flush-mounted fenders and a wider, full-width hood. 1957 also sees the introduction of the new, appropriately named Styleside model, with eye-catching straight-through fenders.

Introducing quad headlamps.

The restyled F-100 outshines them all with the introduction of quad headlamps. By this time, its interior is also getting more stylish, with a contoured dashboard and car-like instrument panel.

The F-100 gets a mild facelift plus 4x4 capability

Prior to 1959, if you wanted 4x4 you had to have your F-100 retrofitted by an outside manufacturer. Let’s just say that was less than the ideal situation. That changes with this model. Now, for the first time, Ford offers the option to buy the F-100 with factory-built 4x4 capability.

The Styleside inaugurates a new style for light-duty trucks.

The F-100 is all-new from the chassis up and represents designs that are far ahead of their time. The F-100 Styleside is the first pickup in the industry to have its cab integrated into its overall construction. That may not seem like a big deal to you, but trust us – it is the stuff of nightmares for the competition.

Ford introduces the F-100 Ranger.

You know you’ve got good genes when successive generations just keep getting bigger and better looking, and the Ranger is the perfect example of good genes. Built on the same platform as the fourth generation, the fifth-generation F-100 features increased dimensions, a new “swept-away” instrument panel and more greenhouse glass. Engine options are also expanded and plusher trim levels are made available.

The F-100 gets a makeover, inside and out.

The look of the F-100 gets even more sophisticated. It adopts a full-dress trim package with bright trim and colorful upholstery. And don’t let the “full-dress” thing throw you – it’s still the toughest truck around.

The F-Series gets its first extended cab.

Talk about winning in the long run. The 1974 F-Series offers a 22-inch-long cab extension. The first “SuperCab” is long enough to accommodate an optional forward-facing bench or side-facing jump seats.

The F-150 is introduced. A legend is born.

The F-100 comes out with its first extended cab and the F-150, a beefed-up version of the F-100, is introduced. The F-150 is heavier than the F-100, with a gross vehicle weight of 6,050 lbs. and a payload of 2,275 lbs. Its base V6 engine is rated at 101 hp and 223 lb.-ft. of torque. A 360-cu.-in. V8 base engine also delivers a more powerful 143 hp. To say the least, this first F-150 makes a strong showing.

The F-150 begins its reign as the best-selling truck in America.

America’s favorite light-duty truck achieves new levels of durability, not to mention popularity, by employing extensive amounts of galvanized sheet metal to fight corrosion. Updated styling includes a new, squarer grille and headlamp bezels. “Built Ford Tough,” the slogan that embodies the heart and soul of the F-Series, is also introduced. Now that’s what we call truth in advertising.

The F-Series cuts through the wind better. As well as the competition.

The redesigned 1980 F-Series pickups feature an updated exterior that is more aerodynamic and stylish, including a new grille and recessed headlamps and parking lights. The interiors are also redesigned to give passengers more space and comfort.

Good-bye, F-100, and hello, F-150.

The F-100 is retired and replaced by the F-150, which becomes the only half-ton truck Ford offers. Explorer special value packages provide numerous higher-level features like power mirrors, windows and door locks at a discounted price. Though they are officially retired, we hear there are still a lot of F-100s out there that refuse to quit working.

The F-150 gets a facelift.

This F-150 features flush headlamps, wraparound parking lights and a grille with 12 rectangular openings. It also boasts new front fenders, a new hood and a new bumper. Which, come to think of it, sounds more like a full body lift.

Lightning strikes.

The performance-oriented F-150 SVT Lightning is introduced, offering a special version 5.8L V8 engine packing 240 hp. The Lightning also features blackout trim, bucket seats, a front spoiler and a lowered sport suspension with 17-inch alloy wheels. Needless to say, the Lightning makes an enormous impact.

New look. New engine.

Thanks to its first major redesign since 1979, the new F-150 is named Motor Trend Truck of the Year.® The F-Series trucks get an entirely new, sleeker, tougher appearance, an all-new 5.4L engine and plenty of new swagger.

A legendary name in performance is added to the lineup.

Ford introduces the Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 edition. And to live up to the Harley-Davidson reputation for performance, Ford beefs up the suspension and adds the serious muscle of the 260-hp Triton® 5.4L SOHC V8. Legend plus legend adds up to something truly special.

More capacity, more models.

The F-150 SuperCrew® adds a second passenger row and becomes the first full-size, four-door, half-ton crew cab in the segment. The premium, Western-themed King Ranch® edition and the second-edition Ford Harley-Davidson F-150 are introduced.
Disclaimer: King Ranch is a registered trademark of King Ranch, Inc.

New look. Same old toughness.

The F-150 undergoes a bumper-to-bumper redesign. Among many style updates, the front is less rounded, the suspension is updated, and the grille and fenders are made taller. Its toughness, however, remains exactly the same.

The F-Series goes Platinum.

The F-Series features an all-new, squared-off design with more really smart features than ever. The 2009 F-150 also introduces its most advanced and luxurious model yet: the Platinum edition. It features retractable running boards and a 5.4L Triton V8, which delivers 320 hp. The quality of its interior trim rivals or, according to many critics, even surpasses that of Lincoln. Not bad for a bad*** truck.

The Raptor lands.

Ford introduces the groundbreaking and ground-pounding F-150 SVT Raptor, designed to perform both on- and off-road like no other truck before it. Raptor features a FOX Racing long-travel suspension, a 5.5-foot bed and a track that is 7 inches wider for extra stability off-road. It would be right at home in one of those dinosaur-movie sequels.

Aluminum-alloy is the new gold standard for pickups.

Thanks to its high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy construction, the 2015 F-150 sheds up to 700 pounds. And that translates into improved towing and payload capabilities. The F-150 now boasts the highest maximum ratings* of any half-ton truck. SuperCrew, SuperCab and Regular Cab also receive the segment’s only 5-star top safety rating for driver and passenger for every crash test mode and cab type** Less fat. More muscle. That’s the kind of shape the new F-150 is in.
Disclaimer: *Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR. Towing: When properly equipped with available 3.5L EcoBoost® V6, 4x2. Payload: When properly equipped with available.
**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program ( Tests include driver and passenger front, side and side barrier and pole tests.