70 Years of Evolution – The Ford F-150
In celebration of 70 years of constant evolution, Team Ford is breaking down how the Ford F-150 went from a humble farm truck to the all-purpose luxury pickup of today!
1st Generation (1948 – 1952)
Known as the “F-3”, the body-on-frame pickup was a replacement for the previous car-based models and was sold in eight different styles; including a panel truck and even a school bus!
2nd Generation (1953 – 1956)
Now known as the “F-100”, it debuted with numerous engine, chassis, and body improvement. More notably, this was when Ford introduced the naming scheme (F-150, F-250, F-350) that would continue until the present day!
3rd Generation (1957 – 1960)
Much more modern in design than the previous generation, it featured integrated bumpers and a smoother look. This generation only marked the first time Ford began producing four-wheel-drive pickups in-house.
4th Generation (1961 – 1966)
Longer and lower than its predecessor, this pickup was still known as the “F-100” and features updated engines and drivetrains. It also used a “Twin I-Beam” front suspension that would be used (in one form or another) all the way until 1996!
5th Generation (1967 – 1972)
Built on the same platform as the 4th generation, the 5th gen featured a larger greenhouse, even more engine options, as well as more luxurious trim levels. This generation marked the deviation from simple farm trucks into the luxury-lined units of today.
6th Generation (1973 – 1979)
Sitting on a heavily revised version of the 5th gen platform, the 6th gen now featured niceties like front disc brakes, full double-wall bed construction, and increased cabin dimensions. This generation also marks the introduction of the Supercab body style as well as the legendary F-150 nameplate.
7th Generation (1980 – 1986)
With an all-new chassis underneath, the body style was similarly all-new. The F-Series pickups now used the legendary “Windsor” series of V8 engines for power, and had the blue oval placed in the centre of the grille – a design element that continues to this very day!
8th Generation (1987 – 1991)
Featuring more rounded styling than its predecessor, the 8th gen continued to offer ever-increasing levels of refinement and luxury. All motors were now fuel-injected, making Ford the first pickup manufacturer to do so.
9th Generation (1992 – 1997)
Ford continued to soften the styling of the F-150 for both aesthetic and aerodynamic purposes, while the interior continued to offer ever-increasing amount of luxury and refinement. 1993 also marks the introduction of the “SVT Lightning” model, a high-performance truck designed to tear up the streets.
10th Generation (1998 – 2003)
With this generation, Ford fully embraced the fact that increasing numbers of people were buying the F-150 for daily duty. Thus the 10th generation had the plushest cabin yet, and in 2001 the SuperCrew became the first pickup with four full-sized doors. The 2nd generation SVT Lightning was also made between 1999 and 2003.
11th Generation (2004 – 2008)
Based on an all-new platform, the 11th gen F-150 continued to embrace the ever-growing numbers of daily drivers with sharper styling and an emphasis on comfort. This generation also saw the introduction of the popular Harley-Davidson Edition in 2006, as well as high-performance offerings from aftermarket tuners Saleen and Roush.
12th Generation (2009 – 2014)
This generation saw Ford apply its focus to increasing fuel economy, thus the now famous line of EcoBoost engines was debuted in 2011 with the top-line 3.5L EcoBoost engine. The off-road monster that is the SVT Raptor was also introduced in 2010, and quickly gained a cult following for its performance and curb-side appeal.
13th Generation (2015 – Current)
The latest generation of F-150 is the most advanced yet, with an aluminum body, EcoBoost engines, and 10-speed transmission! Visit our Inventory today to discover everything the latest and greatest F-150 has to offer!