Ford F-150 Timeline

 

The Ford Motor Company has been making the most popular pickup trucks in the world for years, and Arlington Heights Ford has been selling them to drivers in the Arlington Heights and Schaumburg area for years. One of our best-selling pickup models has always been the Ford F-150. Learn about the history of the Ford F-150 pickup from Arlington Heights Ford.


First Generation -- 1948 to 1952

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  • Postwar vehicles marketed as an improvement over previous Ford pickup trucks
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  • Cab was completely redesigned for a modern look with newly available sheet metal
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  • Added a new V6 engine that produced 101 hp or a flathead V8 engine
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  • Two levels of cab trim available; the deluxe Five Star Extra trim came with foam seat padding, a dome light, and locks on both doors
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  • Beds had a wood floor instead of steel


Second Generation -- 1953 to 1956

  • Ford's 50th anniversary saw a redesign with a longer hood and horizontal grille bars
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  • Automatic transmission offered as an option for the first time
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  • Flathead V8 engine replaced by the overhead valve V8 model, which produced 15% more horsepower than before, getting 130 hp
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  • New tubeless tires made driving easier and more controlled while reducing risk of blowouts
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  • New optional power brakes helped drivers stop more easily


Third Generation -- 1957 to 1960

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  • The F-Series was completely redesigned for a more square and modern look with a wider cab, wider hood, and flush-mounted front fender
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  • Choice of two pickup beds: the new Styleside, which had straight-through fenders, and older Flareside, with attached rear fenders and narrower bed
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  • Interiors got new style with modern instrument panels and contoured dashboards
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  • The new Super Duty line was a heavier duty truck that came with new V8 engines
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  • Factory-installed four-wheel drive available for the first time instead of being an aftermarket add-on


Fourth Generation 1961 to 1966

       
  • Beds were integrated with cabs in redesign, and integrated bed vs. separate bed and cab were available
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  • New gas engines available on the medium and heavy-duty models
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  • A new Twin I-Beam front suspension had coil springs for a smoother ride
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  • Air conditioning was available for the first time
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  • A four-door crew cab became available on higher-up models

Fifth Generation -- 1967 to 1972

       
  • Hood emblems were redesigned to incorporate federally required reflectors
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  • The Contractor Special package included bed side boxes and an under-the-hood generator
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  • The Ranger XLT trim was introduced, with luxury items like cloth upholstery and carpeting
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  • New trim packages added, including the premium Explorer and entry-level Custom
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  • Chrome bumper became a standard feature

Sixth Generation -- 1973 to 1979

  • F-Series models saw new design elements made for a younger generation of buyers
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  • Single rear wheel pickup added for heavy duty work or hauling campers
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  • The F-series' first extended cab accommodated additional benches or jump seats
       
  • F-150 model introduced for an intermediate payload capacity between the F-100 and F-200 models
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  • Galvanized sheet metal used in the chassis fights corrosion and means durable body panels


Seventh Generation -- 1980 to 1986

  • The F-100 model was dropped with the F-150 taking its place as the base model
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  • Twin Traction Beam suspensions were added to four-wheel drive models for the first time
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  • Smaller engines were introduced in an attempt to increase gas mileage
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  • The Ranger line was dropped so the name could be used for a new compact pickup
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  • A new optional fuel-injected 5.0L was added


Eighth Generation -- 1987 to 1991

       
  • The front end was redesigned with easier-to-replace flush headlights and a new streamlined look
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  • Antilock rear brakes were added for safety and more stopping power
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  • All engines included fuel injection for an efficient boost of power when needed
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  • New packages were added, including a heavy-duty services package and sport appearance package
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  • The Touch Drive electronic transfer case control let drivers easily switch the truck into four-wheel drive

Ninth Generation -- 1992 to 1997

       
  • The performance-oriented Lightning package was added with an upgraded 5.8L V8 that produced 240 hp
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  • Interior received new elements with plusher seats and more accessible controls
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  • The Eddie Bauer edition added air conditioning, power accessories, and a stereo with cassette player.
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  • The new Power Stroke 7.3L turbo diesel was added as an option, producing 210 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque.
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  • The F-series was completely redesigned for 1997.


Tenth Generation -- 1997 to 2004

  • 1998 saw the 50th anniversary of the F-Series, celebrated with the NASCAR F-150 special model
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  • The F-250 HD and F-350 were introduced for heavier-duty hauling and towing
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  • The Lightning and King Ranch models included goodies like a lower sport suspension and saddle leather trim
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  • The F-450 and F-550 models were introduced with a variety of bed styles
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  • The lighter duty F-series models were redesigned in 1997 for a more modern look


Eleventh Generation -- 2004 and onward

  • The new F-series was redesigned for a sleek and rounded look rather than the traditional boxy style
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  • EcoBoost technology makes the engines more fuel efficient than ever without sacrificing power
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  • New safety features and driver awareness systems make the F-series safer
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  • Connectivity systems like Ford Sync make it easy to stay in touch
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  • In-vehicle GPS navigation units let you keep on track


The Latest Model

The 2016 Ford F-150 has unique features like the Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist that makes it easy to control your trailer. You'll get the latest MyFord Touch system with the newest Ford Sync3 system for connectivity, and an eco-friendly option can be had with compressed natural gas.

Get Your F-150

Ready to find the perfect used Ford F-150 for you? Arlington Heights Ford can help! Call us today at (847) 870-1300 or come see us at 801 W Dundee Rd, Arlington Heights.

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