The Amazing History of America’s Best Selling Truck: The Ford F-150


In the dynamic landscape that is the car world, there is never a dull moment, and models make their way in and out of a car manufacturer’s lineup without warning. However, there comes a time when a vehicle model is so successful, and so adored by the community, that it becomes an icon of the brand. For Ford, that vehicle is none other than the infamous F-150. Dating back to over 70 years prior, the Ford F-150 is one of a handful of vehicles that has survived both the 20th and 21st century.


Ford Motor Company had been building trucks as early as 1917. With the first ever truck based off the Model T, the then called Model TT boasted an ever impressive 1 ton cargo capacity, far ahead of its time. Although an impressive truck and granted the father of the entire truck segment, the Model TT still suffered from the instability of a car chassis. Fast forward to 1948, and Ford engineered an entirely new truck platform unlike anything they had ever created before. This first generation of F-series trucks came in several different models, from panel trucks to pickup trucks, school buses and conventional trucks, the F-series truck was extremely versatile. In the 50’s Henry Ford resumed civilian production of trucks, which had been postponed to fully focus on the production of trucks for military use in WW2. The 1950’s F-series brought about the most modern of features such as radios, dome lights, arm rests, and a car lighter. It was in the 50’s when the F-series truck trimmed its line to the F-150, F-250, and F-350 we currently carry today. Now in 2019, we have come to see 13 full generations of the Ford F-150, now equipped with the latest in modern technology, embedded with sensors in every corner and driver assist features that make the latest generation a truck Henry Ford would truly be proud of. If you’re in the market for a new truck stop by Gray-Daniels Ford, we house the largest selection of new trucks in the entire state of Mississippi!

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