The Ford F-150 is a full size pickup from Ford Motor Company. Not only is the F-150 one of the workhorses in Fords stable, it is also one of the oldest trucks on the market. The F-150 has been in continous production for more than five decades and was the best selling truck in the United States for more than 23 years.
Originally called the Ford Bonus-Built, the truck was first introduced in 1948 and came with options like see clear windshield wipers that functioned by operating a foot plunger, a passenger side windshield wiper and sunvisor and a passenger side taillight.
The first engine used in the trucks was the 226 CID Flathead 6 engine with a three speed light duty transmissions. These were produced from 1948 through 1951.
Ten generations of the trucks have been produced and in recent years, larger versions of the F-150 have included a 4 door model called the F-150 Supercrew. Intended as a mostly as work truck meant to be able to carry 4 grown men comfortably, supercrew has worked very well for families as well due to the roomy interior.
By 1976, the F-series truck was the best selling truck in the United States, a position it has never relinquished. It has been estimated that this series truck makes up over 50% of Ford Motor Company’s profits. A trend that it appears will continue well into the 21st century.
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