The F-150 is America’s favorite pickup. For decades now, this truck has been used in so many different capacities, by so many different demographics. To celebrate, here are 10 facts about the F-150 you may not have known.
- The F-150 is the most popular variant of the F-Series pickup by Ford.
- The early trucks weren’t called F-150s. Really, they weren’t even called pickups until 1925.
- The first use of the F-series name came with the 1948 Ford trucks. The half ton model was called the F-1, then F-100 in 1953, and finally, the F-150 in 1975.
- Although they come in a variety of sizes, the complete F-Series lineup, including the F-150, are classified as full-size pickups.
- In 1965, Ford introduced the Twin I-Beam front suspension, which was used only on the trucks for the first 15 years.
- When the F-Series was introduced, it was built at all 16 of the U.S. Ford assembly plants.
- The longest running component used on every pickup from 1959 to 1979 was the front bumper.
- The founder of Walmart, Sam Walton, drove the same 1979 F-150 4×4 to work everyday until he died in 1992.
- The very popular SVT F-150 Lightening was introduced in 1993 as a special 240 horsepower package.
- Since 1948, the F-Series truck has been the best selling vehicle (not just truck!) in the United States.
Want to learn more about the F-150? Check out our old vs. new graphic here.