In the early 1900s, a car enthusiast started a venture that would become a global automobile organization and a market leader in pickup trucks. An industrialist who had a passion for building cars started a company called 'Ford Motor Company.' Determined to make the organization a success, Henry Ford began the venture by building the first car, the Model A. He persevered to add to the fleet another two models called 'Model B' and 'Model C,' as well as a four-cylinder car called 'Model F.' A year after Ford started the company, the demand for his vehicles surpassed his expectations. Although pleased with his achievement, Ford would remain unsatisfied until he dominated the automobile market. To ensure market dominance, Ford built a car called 'Model T,' which became one of the best vehicles in the company's history. Since Henry Ford's passing, the company has built some of the best pickups to grace the roads. The popular F-series has dominated the car market by being the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for many years. Simultaneous to the F-series production, Ford Motor Company had built numerous other pickups that proved to be reliable and durable. We dug deep into the company's history to find the twenty best pickups that Ford Motor Company has built and composed a list that should prompt collectors to buy before the vehicles cost $1 million.
19 1927 Ford Model A
The Model A had an Open Cab and a different design from the Model T's. This design was done by Briggs Manufacturing. The company incorporated a non-retractable soft top made of canvas curtain. The cabs were new, but the inspiration for the design was the Model T. The car had new features such as frames, wheels, transmission, body, and engine. The manufacturer's new engine pumped out 40 horsepower at 2,200 rpm. The car had a 3-speed manual transmission with the 'H' shifting pattern. Drivers found that easier to operate than the 3-pedal planetary transmission in the Model T.
18 1940 Ford Half-Ton
Many car experts considered the 1940 Ford Half-Ton one of the best pickups at the time. The experts felt that Ford had designed a beautiful vehicle, which had enhanced engineering. E.T. Gregorie, Ford's Chief designer, designed the vehicle, and the inspiration for the stylish design was the 1939 passenger cars. The design that Gregorie implemented has managed to maintain its distinction and beauty. The Half-Ton had mechanical improvements, as well as wider cabs and cowl-mounted wipers. The car also had new sealed-beam headlamps and a mattress-type spring, which provided comfort.
17 1948 Ford F1
Consumers, initially, recognized the F-series as the Ford Bonus-Built. In 1948, Ford officially introduced the F-series as a pickup model. The company had an F-series, although the fleet consisted of sedans.
The F-series helped the company to expand its ratings and offered five styles: panel truck, pickup, cab-over-engine, school-bus chassis, and conventional truck.
The F-series became more popular every year, and Ford modified the design annually to ensure that it remained at the top. Due to Ford's resilient efforts to improve the trucks, the F-series has become the ultimate series in pickups.
16 1932 Ford V8
The Ford V8, otherwise known as the 'Model 18,' was part of the revolutionary change that Ford made. The company had produced pickup trucks since 1925 but wanted to provide vehicles that dominate the market due to its strength and power. The V8 was the answer. Ford made most of the changes to the mechanical parts as the company wanted to gain a competitive edge over Chevrolet's six-cylinder engine. Henry Ford demanded that the engineers manufacture a Ford Flathead V8 in the Model 18. The car made history, as it was the first low-priced production vehicle to foster a V8 engine.
15 1938 Ford Pickup Truck
Ford was satisfied with the success it had with the Model 18 and wanted to steer the design of its future vehicles in a different direction.
The company took a leap of faith in 1938 when it designed the truck with a significant facelift, reskinned half tonners with an oval grille and longer fenders.
The truck also has a large cargo box and a roomier cab. Further modifications included a black spare tire hubcap, a V8 insignia on the hubcaps, and crinkle finish on the interior door panels. At the time, Ford priced the vehicle at just over $500, making it the most affordable pickup in its class.
14 1969 Ford F-150
By the '60s, Ford had figured out what cars professionals and people who want professional gear want to drive. To capitalize on the market, Ford built three special-edition cars: Farm & Ranch Special, Heavy Duty Special, and Contractor Special. The cars didn't only have special names but also mechanical adjustments and features that made the lives of professionals easier. All three cars were strong and provided the performance that professionals in those environments sought. These models helped Ford to further establish its brand as one of the best in the world.
13 1978 Ford Lariat
Redesigning the vehicles annually was one of Ford's main strategies. In 1978, Ford decided to redesign the front of the F-150. The American manufacturer decided to replace the split grille with a single piece. Further design changes included rectangular headlights on the XLT and Lariat instead of circular. Also, Ford moved the turn signals from above to below the headlight. Consumers regarded the Lariat as a luxury vehicle, which had upgrades such as the Chrome trim. Ford collectors who want the Lariat can get it for an average price of $5,000. That's well worth the money, considering the new design aspect that Ford introduced that year.
12 2005 Ford F650 Heavy Duty
When International released the CXT, the manufacturer wanted to provide a mini-truck to the market. International failed to convince buyers to get the CXT, but Ford got it right with the F650 Heavy Duty. The car is an intimidating beast that experienced drivers, who could handle a big vehicle, bought.
The car featured in the Transformers movie and is the only car we believe can stand up and haul out an arsenal of weapons.
If you'd like to own an early model of this monster, you will have to part with around $22,000. The car is so much bang for your buck.
11 2009 Ford F-150 Platinum
One of the big advantages that Ford has over its competitors is the ability to determine what the market wants. Although the Lincoln Mark LT was a luxurious pickup and capable of providing service, consumers were uninterested in the vehicle because the truck's brand recognition was nonexistent. Ford saw that the market was uninterested in the vehicle and rebranded it to the F-150 Platinum. Since the rebranding, Ford has sold many Platinums. Consumers feel that the pickup has regained its edge and are proud to own such an elegant vehicle.
10 1957 Ford Ranchero
With the advent of the F-100 in the early '50s, Ford wanted to introduce further models that had new designs. The company was adamant about releasing a vehicle that had an exotic design. The Ranchero is a two-door pickup that Australians know as the 'Ute.' Ford had cut off the rear part of the roof and had incorporated a bed liner over the floor plan. The car looks similar to the 1937 Studebaker Coupe Express. The design of the Studebaker involved the manufacturer sawing off the rear section of the roof. The Ranchero was a car that only cool guys would buy.
9 1951 Studebaker 2R5
Ford designed the Studebaker 2R5 for its first postwar designs, and it was in line with the Studebaker 2R series. The American manufacturer dubbed the line as '49er' and intended to replace the M series with it. Ford offered the 2R in four models. The cars had wheelbases ranging from 112 to 195 inches. The half-ton 2R5 has an 80-horsepower Champion engine, while a 226-cid Commander engine powered the 2R16, which pumped out 94 horsepower. Robert Bourke ensured that the design of the vehicle was original. The Studebaker looks like a rough vehicle but is tough and reliable.
8 1998 Ford Nascar Edition
It seems that the magic year for F-series and Nascar was 1998. That year marked the 50th anniversary for the F-series and Nascar. To celebrate the occasion, Ford decided to build a pickup called the 'Ford Nascar Edition.' What makes the car more special is that Ford built only 3,000 units. While designing the vehicle, Ford used Nascar-based graphics and a mesh grille insert and ensured that the car delivered a good performance by fitting a 4.6-liter Triton V8 engine under the bonnet. The car pumps out 220 horsepower and is a must-have for any Ford collector.
7 2001 Ford King Ranch
Much like the Harley Davidson edition, the King Ranch is a luxury vehicle. Ford wanted to produce a pickup targeted at farmers. The company added luxury trim packages to the F-150, and the result was the King Ranch. The pickup appeals to ranch owners and cowboys, as well bikers, wranglers, and street racers. Most Ford enthusiasts consider the King Ranch to be like the Lariat with a different attitude. As Ford built the vehicles to be extra tough, the price is a bit steep. Consumers who want to experience the King Ranch can purchase the 2011 model for around $40,000.
5 1990 Ford F-150
The '90s were the start of a new era for Ford Motor Company. The manufacturer had introduced its first full-size pickup truck in 1980, which consisted of the F-150, the F-250, and the F-350. Ford had improved the design and the mechanical parts of the vehicles in 1990 and ensured that the improvements lasted until at least 1996. Flareside trucks fell by the wayside in 1988, and Ford dubbed the new series as 'Styleside.' The 1990 F-150 has a 116.8-inch wheelbase a 6-foot cargo bed and a V6 engine with the option of a V8. The additional option was a four-wheel drive.
4 1999 Ford Lightning
By 1998, the American manufacturer had produced numerous pickups that had set the standard for the competition to beat. Although Ford had manufactured strong and reliable pickup trucks, it wanted to produce a pickup that could also provide performance.
The designers incorporated speed and handling into a vehicle, and the result was the Lightning.
The pickup is a performance vehicle, as it can dash from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and has a maximum speed of 147 mph. Considering the vehicle came onto the market in the '90s, that's an impressive performance for a vehicle in the pickup segment.
3 1953 Ford F-100
Ford Motor Company was celebrating its golden anniversary in 1953 and wanted to mark the occasion with a special vehicle. The result was the F-100, which had modern styling that made the vehicle look like a pickup truck. The F-100 was intimidating as the vehicle looked tough, practical and unique. When Ford released the vehicle onto the market, the reception was overwhelming. Numerous consumers bought the vehicle, which gained a following amongst the collectors' circle. The car had a comfortable driving position and a stylish cab. The drawback of the F-100 is that it had the V8 engine used in previous models, which slowed the vehicle.
2 1925 Ford Model T Runabout
The company introduced the Model T to the market in 1925, making the vehicle the company's first production pickup truck. Ford fitted the Model T with an all-steel bed that was thirteen inches high, forty inches wide and fifty-six inches long. The car also had an adjustable tailgate and pockets on each side. Those who wanted a heavy-duty pickup truck could've opted for the Model TT. Ford sold more than 30,000 units in 1925. At the time of unveiling, the Model T Runabout retailed for around $3,600. The Model T Runabout is a one-of-a-kind Ford pickup.
1 2010 Ford Raptor SVT
Ford isn't showing any signs of slowing down, and the F-series just keeps getting better. Although the Raptor is only a few years old, the car is destined to become a classic. The American manufacturer wanted to build the ultimate off-road pickup, and the end product was the Raptor. The car is responsible for restoring our faith in sports vehicles. Although the car has its share of flaws, it's a remarkable vehicle. The car has a 5.4-liter V8 engine that pumps out 320 horsepower. At an average price of $40,000, the car is a bargain, and collectors should grab one while it's still cheap.