Having in around 11 generations, it has been manufactured as a series of full-size pickup trucks. Rumor has it that the F-Series alone, makes up half of the company’s profit in recent years. This Ford Motor Company product is on the market for more than six decades. The F-150 is very popular variant of the F-Series in the US where it remained best-selling for 24 years and for 34 years in several other countries.
Introduced in the year 1948, the first F-Series truck was called the Ford Bonus-Built and it replaced the company’s previous car-based pickup line. It was a truck with a flat, one-piece windshield and integrated headlights. Later on, the design of the vehicle changed little in 1952. From 1948 to 1950, a series of horizontal bars with grill shape were set and the headlights were set into the fenders. For 1951 and 1952, the headlights were connected with a wide aerodynamic cross piece with three similarly aerodynamic supports. The rear window was wider in the later version of the truck and the dashboard was redesigned too.
Serial numbers of the F-series trucks, built at 16 different Ford plants, indicate the truck model, year, assembly plant, engine, and unit number. The vehicle was once again redesigned for 1953. It got names: The F-1 now became the F-100, the F-2 now became the F-250, and the F-3 now became the 1 ton F-350. In addition, it also acquired a more integrated look.
Later on, the truck was restyled again in 1957, then in 1961, 1967, 1973, 1980, 1987, and 1997 and in 2004. Similarly, the recent design of Ford is the one revealed in 2009 at the North American International Auto Show in January, 2008. It has a larger and more flexible interior, an updated three-bar grille, and additional choices of cab styles and trim levels.
Four engines are offered with the 2011 model: A 302-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 is the base engine, while the other choices (depending on trim level) consist of a 360-hp 5.0-liter V8, a 365-hp twin-turbo (“EcoBoost”) V6 and a 411-hp 6.2-liter V8. It has better payload and towing capability, and chassis includes lighter-weight, low strength plastic for better fuel economy and safety. All come matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.
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