For generations, millions of Americans have relied on the Ford F-150 to start every morning and work hard to earn its keep. But after a while, a truck just becomes a workhorse — no past, no future, just something that’s relied on to do the heavy lifting day after day. That’s why it’s important to look back and take stock of where it came from.
Ford’s F-Series trucks are truly awesome machines. And after decades of working tirelessly, they’ve got some real stories to tell. Looking back over the model’s history, we don’t just get a picture of the best-selling vehicle in America. We get a look at the evolution of the truck as we know it. From the first F-Series truck in 1948 all the way to the refreshed 2018 model, here are 10 amazing facts you might have never known about Ford’s pride and joy.
1. It puts the Model T to shame
The Model T put America on wheels and put cars at the center of our culture. But throughout Ford’s history, it could be argued the F-Series is just as important. Like the Tin Lizzie, the F-Series is the best-selling vehicle in North America. But the Model T was in production for 19 years, with 15 million cars sold. Although the T barely changed during its production run, the F-Series’ constant evolution and high demand for it have helped keep Ford at the center of the automotive universe for the past nine decades.
Next: The F-Series was a big deal right form the beginning.