The love of pick- up trucks began in the late 1800’s when Gottlieb Daimler invented the first horseless wagon. From that moment the love of pick- up trucks has grown and flourished. First used by farmers to help them with supplies and used to help transport crops. As time went by improvements were made to the designs of the trucks and by the 1940s- 1960’s their popularity boomed and demand for them grew. In the early 1900’s Both Chevy and Ford began competing with each other. In 1908, Ford sold the Ford Model TT. According to Trucks.com Ford sold 209 trucks in the very first year the truck was released for sale. This began the love of pick up trucks. Each year increasing the production and sales of pickup trucks which has continued into the 21st century.
Ford wasn't alone with creating a pick- up truck. Chevy’s first designed pick- up truck was introduced in 1918 and resembled half a car with a bed in the back. It was a one- ton pick- up. According to Chevrolet, the design allowed the new owner to build to on them allowing the owner to create their own design for the back end. The competition began to grow between both car companies. Each company began topping one another off developing, creating and designing newer pick- up trucks for the public to use for work and for their enjoyment. The following is a list of top ten best Ford and GM’s pickup trucks made by each car manufacturer.
These two car manufacturers have always been in competition with each other, trying to outsell one another. Competition is a good thing that brings newer technology, safety and better trucks and cars to the consumers. Healthy competition is good for the economy. Here is a list of the top ten Ford and GMC pickup trucks.
20 FORD SUPER DUTY
In 1958 Ford Super Duty was introduced to the public. This truck featured V8 engine and the biggest V8 block ever made by Ford. The engine built by Ford was so good that it was also used by the US Army military for their vehicles.
Ford installed quad headlights, better interior design, and newly designed instrument panel.
According to Blue Oval Tech, Ford also improved the grille and changed the colour of it to white. This pick- up was so popular that production of the Ford Super Duty into 1981. Then in 1987 Ford re-introduced the Super Duty and called it the F-Super Duty.
19 FORD F1
The Ford F1 was originally manufactured in late 1947 to 1952. This classic truck went through many design changes while produced in its few short years. This truck was available in 2-door, 4-door panel truck also came with a passenger-side windshield wiper, and the headlights were attached to the fender. This truck came in four different models and also featured a 3-speed, floor-shift transmission. According to Hemmings Ford was losing money after the war and Chevy became the leader in truck sales, Henry Ford all had the F1 pick up developed to become the number one manufacturer again. Ford sold the F1 at a very reasonable price of only $1,200. By producing this modern truck at the time it helped put Ford get back into back in the market.
18 Ford F-150 Raptor
Ford's F- 150 Raptor came on the seen in 2008. This truck was made for all on and off-road terrains with comfort and ease. According to Ford, Ford’s group vice president for Global Product Development, Derrick Kuzak, stated ‘Built Ford Tough' capability and durability that is at the core of every F-150.”
This truck is powered with a 411 hp 6.2L V8 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Newer versions of this pick- up comes with 10- speed transmission and a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine which was used up until 2015. This truck has won many awards in the Baja 1000 more than any other car marker.
17 FORD F- 250 LARIAT
This is a beautiful truck. According to Autoblog, the Ford F- 250 Lariat sets itself apart from their competitors. Ford designed this truck with an all-aluminum body and lighting the curb weight by up to 350 lbs allowing better fuel savings. The Ford F- 250 Lariat has two different engine types a 6.2-liter 385-hp Triton V8 and a 6.7-liter turbo 450-hp V8 Powerstroke diesel engine, along with a six-speed automatic transmission, Ford also made three different can sizes to meet anyone's needs. The seats are made of premium front leather-trimmed seats, foldable rear seats, Sync 3 which allows voice activation, and touchscreen control.
16 FORD F-350
According to Car and Driver, the Ford F-350 is a powerful piece of machinery. This truck is capable of holding up to 7630 pounds and has the maximum towing capacity of 31,700 pounds. It is perfect to do anything in, regardless if you use this for work or pleasure you will be able to accomplish what you need to.
The Ford F-350 has a 6.7L V8 diesel engine, 6-Speed Automatic transmission and 4- wheel anti-lock disc braking system.
Not only is the F- 350 powerful but the interior comes with 10-way power leather seating and hill start assistance you can have a lot of in this truck and do it comfortably.
15 FORD RANGER
This car went into production and was Ford’s first compact pickup. For almost 30 years Ford did not change the framework structure of this vehicle. Small changes began in 1989 when Ford added changes to the mid-cycle. Production of this truck stopped for awhile and has made a come back for 2011 season. With its comeback, according to Car and Driver, the 2019 Ranger is completely remodeled and will be equipped a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo-four engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission and six driving modes allowing you to drive through any terrain. The cabin is filled with accessories like monitors, so drivers are aware of everything going around them, Alexa, AC outlets, and USB ports for the comfort of everyone in the truck. The seats are made of leather and suede to be as comfortable as possible.
14 2018 FORD F-150 KING RANCH
The Ford F-150 King Ranch has one of the best selling truck in the last 40 years. With a military-grade aluminum-alloy body, regular unleaded V-8 engine or a Powerstroke turbo diesel engine makes this a powerful ride for work or play. According to Blue Oval Trucks, Ford partnered with the King Ranch in Texas. The King Ranch in Texas is a cattle ranch that has 825,000 acres of land.
The ranch produces the leather Ford uses inside their vehicles.
This truck was named after Texas for its ruggedness. Just like the Ford F-150 King Ranch. This truck is ready for anything. The Ford F-150 King Ranch is a powerful pick- up truck with a 5.0 Ti- VCT V8 engine with 395 horsepower. With this engine you have a few different choices on the type of fuel you can use. The 5.0L engine allows the owner to also use propane autogas or compressed natural gas, which saves money.
13 2018 SUPER DUTY F-250 XL
Ford released the Ford Super Duty F-250 XL with two engine types 6.2L SOHC 2-valve or Flex Fuel V8 engine and a heavy-duty 6-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission giving it plenty of power. This Ford truck handles like a baby giving control and eases to the driver with a Message Center, Productivity Screen, Operator-Commanded Regeneration, SOS Post Crash Alert System and gyroscopic sensors. According to Motor Trends, it also received a five-star safety rating and that this truck continues to use steel for its platform. This truck is perfect for any occasion and type of road conditions and all different types of terrains.
12 FORD F-350 PLATINUM
According to Car and Driver, the Ford-350 Platinum and is second-in-command of the Super Duty fleet. This truck features a 6.2L SOHC 2-valve Flex Fuel V8 engine and TorqShift Heavy-Duty 6-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission for your riding pleasure.
The interior has Platinum Leather Seating Surfaces with 10-Way Power control driver and passenger control.
To make it easier for the driver, features included cross-traffic alert, telematics, rain sensing wipers, navigation system and trip computer. Driving this car for business or for trips you will not have trouble navigating around anywhere you might be traveling. In this truck your in complete control.
11 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY LIMITED
This truck is amazing and it can tow up to 15 tons if needed. The Ford F450 Super Duty Limited has a Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8 engine that sits on a graphite iron engine block and goes from0 to 60-mph time that, at 6.7 seconds. It comes with two-tone heated and vented front leather front seats as well as heated back seats, lane-keep alert and forward collision warning, making this truck as safe as possible to drive. You can also enjoy the stars at night with a panoramic moonroof making it possible no matter where you are. If you enjoy luxury then you will love this truck.
10 CHEVY C/K
The first generation of the Chevy c/ k were between 1960- 1966. This truck was created with many new features and had different designs. The designs included short 1/2, long 1/2 and 3/4-ton models and had 2 and 4- wheel drive. The trucks came with front suspension, GMC V6 engine with a six-throw crankshaft, GMC even moved the location of the spark plugs to the top of the engine making them easier to access.
As more generations of the Chevy c/ k were developed, even more improvements were made.
The second generation of the Chevy c/ k were produced between 1967–1972. According to Classic Muscle Division of Modern Chevrolet, there were two different designs available the Chevy Stepside and the Chevy Fleetside. They had a 310 horsepower V8 engine and the brakes were changed to have brake discs.
9 CHEVY 454 SS
In 1990 Chevy created the Chevy ss 454 pick- up truck. This truck according to Jalopnik no other car manufacturer will reproduce this car. This truck stood out in the crowd. This vehicle has a 7.4-liter V8 with 230 horsepower into a 1500 chassis. This truck was designed with a shorter bed, Bilstein shocks, and an anti-roll bar. With a four-speed, automatic transmission and can hit up to 60 mph in eight seconds. This is considered a rare Chevy pick-up today. In the three years that GM produced this truck only 16,953 of the ss 454 series was made.
8 CHEVY 3100 TASK FORCE
The Chevrolet 3100 Task Force is a classic pick- up truck. Built from 1955 to 1960, this was the first pick- up truck produced by GM that had power brakes and power steering available. It was also the first to have wraparound windshields. In the years that GM produced this truck, they did make a few changes in the design.
The truck went from having single headlights to having four and was equipped with air conditioning.
As improvements were made the Task Force also came with a wrap around rear windshield, and five different transmission styles according to Classic Car History.
7 GMC GT 454 SS
The GMC GT 454 SS came equipped with a V8 engine, a two-wheel drive, dual exhaust and could it reach 60-mph in less than eight seconds. This truck came in black, white or red with chrome rims and a blacked-out grille. The interior of this truck was created in red leather seats, so it would stand out from the rest. According to Roadkill, there were only 17,000 GT 454 ss ever made but it was a game a changer for GMC. This truck leads into the Lightning in the early 90s, the SRT-10 Ram and the Silverado SS being designed.
6 GMC SIERRA 1500
This is the pick truck that replaced the Chevy c/ k in 1999 and was totally redesigned. GMC produced this truck with three different engine types. They included a 4.3l, 4.8-l V6 engines and a 5.3-l V8 engine available for their customers. As the series line began to grow it included four-wheel steering system, dynamic brake proportioning system, mobile auxiliary power, and a torque converter for fuel savings. The Sierra 1500 has a towing capacity of 7,600 - 11,100 LBS. enabling the driver to tow what they need to. The interior has heated and ventilated leather bucket-seating with under seat storage compartments, making this a pleasure in any type of weather.
5 GMC SYCLONE
This pick- up truck is rare and was only produced in 1991 by GM. This truck was only available in the color black and actually made two different versions. This particular pick- up truck took the auto magazines by storm, Car and Driver compared the Syclone to a Ferrari.
It featured a GM 700R4 4-speed automatic and standard transmission, all-wheel drive, and could go from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
This pickup truck was available in two different styles, besides the GMC Syclone, they also made the Marlboro Syclone. The Marlboro Syclone was so impressive that it won the grand prize in the Marlboro Racing ‘92 and also appeared in the Indianapolis 500 the same year.
4 CHEVY COLORADO
In 2004 GMC introduced the Chevy Colorado to replaced the Chevy S10. This truck comes in three different designs known as the Work Truck, the LT, and the Z/71. In the first year of production 163,204 trucks were made. This truck has the towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.to allow heavy work to be done. The Chevy Colorado also comes equipped with Teen Driver to allow parents to see how their children drive. Business Insider said that this midsize truck is the best they have ever driven and that this truck is worth the money.
3 CHEVY K5 BLAZER
Introduced by Chevy, the K5 Blazer is considered the smallest full-size SUV version of the Chevy c/ k. The K5 Blazer is basically a shortened pickup truck and became very popular amongst consumers outselling other car manufacturers. This car sold out the first year it was produced. They came with a 350 V-8 engine and the back cab had a convertible top that could be removed.
In 1976 Chevy introduced the Blazer Chalet which allowed the owner to convert it into a camper.
It allowed two people to sleep and even had a mini propane stove and an icebox for convenience. This truck was made for on and off-road driving over any terrain. This is a true classic car that any truck collector would enjoy in their collection.
2 CHEVY SILVERADO 2500HD HIGH COUNTRY
The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is a nice vehicle with a Vortec 6.0L V8 SFI Flex Fuel engine and 6-Speed Automatic transmission. It gives a lot of power with the towing capacity of 13,000 to 14,300 lbs with trailer brake control. Chevy reports that this truck makes the driver feel confident that they can handle anything. The interior has high-quality leather seats with temperature control, touchscreen controls, and Wi-Fi. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is a pleasure to enjoy during outings with your family. It also comes with a Teen Driver system to allow parents to control their teen's speed and monitor their driving.
1 GMC SIERRA 1500 DENALI 4WD 2018
CNET reports that the Denali is a tailgate party inside a tailgate party. The MultiPro Tailgate which allows you to extend or shorten the bed you need for or play along with Carbon Pro carbon fiber box which eliminates dents. The Denali has three engine styles to choose from a 5.3l and a 6.2liter V8 3.l I6 turbodiesel. The transmission is a 10-speed automatic transmission and tri-mode power step to easier access getting in. With leather-appointed power seats, rear seating DVD entertainment system, and Steering Wheel Controls which give you ease at your fingertips. No matter what you use this truck for you can have fun in it and so can your children.
Sources: CarAndDriver.com, BusinessInsider.com, MotorTrend.com