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Ford Celebrates 100 Years of Building Trucks


One hundred years ago, Ford introduced its very first purpose-built truck, the 1917 Ford Model TT. A century later, and Ford continues to innovate the truck segment with its F-150 and Super Duty pickup trucks. For 40 years, the F-Series has continued to be America’s bestselling truck, and the bestselling vehicle in the U.S. for 35 years.

Just nine years after the introduction of the first Model T, Ford customers asked for a vehicle that could haul heavier loads and provide more utility. The 1917 Ford Model TT retained the cab and engine from the Model T, but included a heavier-duty frame capable of carrying one ton of payload.

By 1928, Ford had sold 1.3 million Model TTs before replacing it with the 1.5-ton chassis and much more capable Model AA. Ford continued to innovate and upgrade its trucks, with the 1933 Model BB and 1935 Model 50 pickup, which was powered by the famous Ford Flathead V8 engine.

Ford had sold more than 4 million trucks by 1941, when production shifted mostly to building heavy-duty military vehicles. Ford used this knowledge to build its next generation of trucks, the first generation F-Series introduced in 1948.

Ford continued to improve its F-Series line of pickup trucks, slowly adding more features like automatic transmissions, power steering, aerodynamic designs and sporty two-tone paint jobs. When the sixth-generation F-Series debuted in 1975, Ford replaced the long-running F-100 model with the higher-capacity F-150, and two years later the F-Series was the sales leader.

The F-Series Super Duty was introduced in 1998, designed for fleet and heavy-duty work use, ranging from the F-250 to the F-750. In recent years, the F-Series has become more capable and more luxurious with new King Ranch, Platinum and Limited models. Innovations like an aluminum-alloy body and the powerful EcoBoost V6 have kept Ford at the forefront of the truck market.

Visit us today at Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford North Richland Hills, and find out why the Ford F-150 continues to be the leader in pickup trucks.