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A History of the F-Series

Ford Trucks for Sale

The F-Series Truck Lineup and F-150’s have changed drastically over time.

Classic to Electric Truck Ruggedness and Usefulness 

Model TT to The All-Electric F-150 Lightning: Everything to Know…

Rewind to past Ford trucks and fast-forward to today’s all-electric F-150 Lightning truck for sale and gain valuable automotive insight from Tom Masano Ford experts in Reading, PA. 

Learn all about the F-Series history from the very start to our current day.

From our car experts to your family. Determine what truck for sale best suits your vehicle specifications and budget.

Model TT Truck

Believe it or not, back in the summertime of July 1917, Ford created the Model TT truck, built to help workers get work done! The price went for $600 a vehicle and there were around 2,019 TT trucks sold according to Ford.  

From this foundational model, Ford moved on to greater innovations. 


1935-1941: Ford 50 Pick-Up Truck for Sale

Utilizing a Ford flathead V8 engine, the Ford 50 pick-up truck for sale was built in 1935 and ran until 1941. Although this model turned out to be quite a succession, Ford then shifted into automotive production benefiting the war.

1948-1952: First Generation F-Series

In the late 1940s, the war started to settle and Ford began rolling out the F-Series lineup in 1948

At this point in time, Ford began building a lineup of trucks that varied in size, features and design. This era was the beginning of how the F-Series truck lineup came to be. 

1953-1956: Second Generation

This second generation pickup truck has coined a classic vintage look in the F-Series lineup.

For instance, the original F-1 became the F-100, the F-2 & F3 were combined to be the F-250, and the F-4 became the F-350. Trucks that were tougher and could handle heavier loads were labeled in the commercial truck division. 

1954 is the year that the original flathead V-8 engine was replaced with an overhead-valve eight.

During this time, automotive comfort features began to roll out which included: 

  • Arm rests
  • Sun visors
  • Automatic transmission
  • Dome lighting 
  • Plus more

The F-Series:

  • F-1
  • F-100
  • F-2
  • F-3
  • F-250
  • F-4
  • F-350

1957-1960: Third Generation 

In 1957, Ford changed the exterior design of the F-Series truck to appear wider and less square-like. And in 1959, the option to choose four-wheel drive came to fruition.  

1961-1966: Fourth Generation

At this point, Ford managed to create a truck that drives like a car but operates like a truck. In 1961, the solid axle was built traditionally. Ford twin-I-beam suspension was implemented. Ford continued to modify the F-Series lineup for customer satisfaction. 

1965 brought the first four door crew cab. 

In 1966, The Ford Ranger began offering greater features: 

  • Carpeting
  • Power brakes
  • Power steering
  • Air conditioning 
  • And more

1967-1972: Fifth Generation

As for design features, the fifth generation F-150 added the ‘Ford’ Brand to the hood (spelled out), a grille, headlamps, more shoulder room for drivers & passengers and a better cab!

1973-1979: Sixth Generation

This generation looks similar to the older versions, although the grille is redesigned and the parking lamps are now placed above the headlamps. 

In 1975, the F-150 first appeared and trended higher than the F-100. The F-100 was able to be ordered until 1983.

The purpose of the F-Series F-150 pick-up truck is to get work done in 1975 and this still stands today. 

1980-1986: Seventh Generation

This is the year that Ford began strategizing aerodynamics and more comfort for drivers and passengers. Nearing the end of 1983, the F-150 truck for sale surpassed the F-100 in popularity. 

1987-1991: Eight Generation 

1987 marks Ford’s 50th anniversary. The 1987 model was revamped with standard features which included: a fresh new flat grille, round wheel arches, power brakes, power steering, and rear-anti lock braking.

This six-cylinder with fuel injection was able to reach 145 in horsepower with a 265 lb. ft. torque.

1992-1996: Ninth Generation

1995 is the year that Ford beat out the Volkswagen Beetle as the world’s biggest selling vehicle with the Ford Nite Edition! This Ford generation appears less rugged and more aerodynamic than other versions. 

In 1993, Ford revealed the F-150 SVT Lightning; some say it is a branch off of the Nite Edition. This new truck for sale came in single-cab and short box configurations which offered only two colors: black and red. 

The specifications included: 

  • V8 engine
  • 240 horsepower/340 lb. ft torque
  • Four speed auto transmission
  • And more

1997-2003: Tenth Generation 

The tenth generation was given an introduction at an auto show in Detroit in 1996.

This is the year the Ford F-150 redesign changed dramatically. 

The Ford team began marketing the F-150 version to casual truck drivers rather than to workers and saved the F-250 and F-350’s for the commercial truck workers needing heavier duty trucks for sale. 

This new and improved truck is now lighter and more aerodynamic.

The Ford designers eradicated the twin I-beam suspension and implemented the torsion-bar setup instead. 

In 1999, the SVT Lightning came back; it wasn’t until 2001 that this vehicle hit the ground and started driving with no end in sight. 

Starting at $32,460, this truck offers an ultra powerful horsepower of 380hp and and a 450 lb ft. torque; this truck means power! 

Believe it or not, testing was conducted on this model by Car and Driver and it turns out that this F-150 Lightning generation and version exerts 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, making it one of the quickest trucks!

2004-2008: Eleventh Generation

Drivers: think larger and more comfortable, the eleventh generation offered regular and Super cab configurations. With more storage and passenger space, Ford was certainly thinking about practicality and reliability.

Consumers certainly took notice of the F-Series Super Duty truck for sale modifications, which is why Ford sold so many units: 939, 511.

2009-2014: Twelfth Generation 

This is the year Ford decided to create a square type of design and veered away from the rounded look.

During this time, all F-Series engines were updated to a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6.

For consumers seeking the platinum version configuration, more comfort awaits: 

  • Exclusive premium grill 
  • 20-inch chrome wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated seats
  • Ventilation 

During this generation, the game changer was the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor which focused on the toughness under the hood.

This off-road truck for sale is ready for any climate thrown at it; providing long travel suspension: 

  • 11.2 inches of travel suspension in the front
  • 12.1 inches of travel suspension in the back

2015-2020: Thirteenth Generation

The F-Series F-150 thirteenth generation offers a traditional steel frame with an aluminum body; lighter and rust resistant. This pick-up is the first truck for sale to earn a five-star safety rating from NHTSA. 

The F-Series trucks continue to be top selling here in the U.S. In 2018, Ford decided to include a few cosmetic changes to the F-150; the 3.3-liter V6 replaced the weathered 3.5-liter V6 engine.

As time progressed, the F-150 provided a half-ton diesel option during this time period. 

Fourteenth Generation

Of course, this best selling truck just keeps getting better! Welcome to newer features which correlate to the technological days that we live in.

Highlighted Features:

  • 12.0 inch touchscreen
  • Interior computer desk
  • More stowable room for your gear
  • 5 engine options to choose from
  • 11 grille options to pick from
  • Plus more

Ford Lightning F-150 Truck for Sale 

Throughout all of the F-Series generations of the F-150, this truck for sale remains a solid pick-up truck choice.  From fuel to electric.

The F-150 Lightning offers all-electric glory opposed to older versions. For drivers seeking sustainability and savings, electric trucks for sale are the way to go. 

Ford Lightning Highlights:

  • Enter a one-of-a-kind all-electric truck for sale 
  • Improved and robust technology
  • Have access to a unique front truck, also known as a ‘frunk’
  • Say goodbye to fuel and yes to electric
  • Enjoy a massive amount of cargo space
  • Tow up to 10K lbs.!
  • 775 ft lbs. torque, 563hp
  • 360 degree lighting
  • Pro Power Onboard: 9.6 kilowatts 
  • All-wheel drive (mud, rain, sleet, snow) 

8 model options to choose from:

  • XL: $30,495
  • XLT: $38,130
  • Lariat: $48,065
  • King Ranch: $59,290
  • Platinum: $62,070
  • Limited: $76,595
  • Tremor: $53,085
  • Raptor: $69,525

Give the experts at Tom Masano Ford a call at 877-866-6272 and learn more F-Series F-150 insight or test drive yours today!

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