History of Ford F150
The Ford F-150 was introduced in 1975 and was initially referred as the “heavy” Ford truck, since the F-100s were still in production. The F-150 has since become the automaker’s standard half-ton pickup. The vehicle is the latest incarnation of the F-Series trucks that debuted in 1948 as the F-1, then redesigned with a modern rounded style and wraparound windshield, and re-badged the F-100. The F-Series is the best-selling American-made pickup.
Ford introduced the F-150 to serve as a compromise between the lighter F-100 and the three-quarter ton F-250, which was too big for many buyers.
Since the inception of the Ford pickup in 1925, it has earned the reputation as a durable, sturdy truck that has developed over the years highly rust-resistant galvanized steel body panels to give it a long life.
While designed as a workhorse, the vehicle over the past two decades has become a popular second passenger vehicle for suburban families.
The F-150 offers a regular and SuperCab model and a standard or flareside cargo bed, with the Harley-Davidson, King Ranch and Lightning options available since 1999.
The F-250 model is basically the F-150 in every respect except for the heavy-duty axles and suspension, while the trim package includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, a sports-style trim package with fog lamps, clear lens headlights and color-coded bumpers.
By 1999, the F-150’s 4.6-liter V-8 engine provided 231 horsepower, while the 5.4-liter V-8 could generate 235, 260 or 360 horsepower depending on the option package.
Although the new kid on the block and sandwiched between the well-established F-100 and F-250, the F-150 still accounted for more than a third of Ford’s truck sales in its first year.