Celebrate the Six Decade History of the Ford F-Series

The Ford F-Series is one of the longest lasting, most capable truck lineups in the world. Ford F-Series drivers in the Arlington Heights and Schaumburg areas know how impressive this truck is, and Arlington Heights Ford is proud to offer such a fine vehicle. Here are some important facts about the rich history, awards, and the competitive spirit of the Ford F-Series pickup truck!

The Debut and Changes

The Ford F-Series first began production in 1948. It was originally known as the "Ford Bonus-Built" and came in eight different weight ratings. The F-Series proved popular enough to move through various generations as the years passed. Later generations saw improvements like:

  • New box styles
  • A unibody platform configuration
  • A four-door crew cab option
  • Changes to trim levels
  • New exterior lights
  • New front disc brakes
  • Larger body types
  • Increased aerodynamics
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Full-length windows in the rear doors
  • Fuel injection
  • Air bags and more

Competition in Motorsports

The F-Series is a relatively new entry in the world of motorsports. In 2008, Ford entered the Baja 1000 class-eight race and took third place. Ford also entered an F-150 SVT Raptor R in the "Terrible's 250" race in the Class 8000, placing second overall. Ford F-Series trucks have also competed in Argentinean races, including a 2011 win in Buenos Aires. This win was the first North American produced truck to win that particular race.

Awards and Recognition

The F-Series has long been one of Ford's most respected series of trucks. The F-150 has won an impressive number of awards including:

  • Motor Trend 2009 Truck of the Year Award
  • 2009 Best Redesigned Vehicle from Kelley Blue Book's
  • Top honors as the Truck of Texas and Best Luxury Pickup for the 2009 F-150 King Ranch awarded by the Texas Auto Writers Association
  • Best Overall Half-Ton Pickup from PickupTrucks.com
  • Motor Trend's 2012 Truck of the Year Award
  • Winner of the 2013 Light-Duty Challenge sponsored by PickupTrucks.com and Popular Mechanics Magazine

The F-Series was also the top selling pickup truck in America for 24 years and has been the , proving the longevity and worth of this lineup.

Interested in Learning More?

To find out if the Ford F-Series pickup truck is the right vehicle for you, take a trip to Arlington Heights Ford today to take an F-Series truck out for a test drive! Our professional sales team can be reached at (847) 481-0427 and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about this outstanding vehicle.


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