History of the Ford F-150 | Brownsville, TX

The Ford F-150 is one of the most iconic pickup trucks in our great nation's history. Keep reading to learn more about the history of Ford's legendary truck over the decades.

The Early Days

In the early 1900s, Ford engineered a version of its famous Model T to be used as a pickup truck, laying the foundation for what would be known decades later as America's best-selling pickup. During the Great Depression, the Model T truck eventually spawned the more capable Model A and Model B with greater weight distribution and cargo volume. After the conclusion of World War II, Ford introduced eight different truck models known collectively as the F-Series. In 1953, two new models were unveiled: the F-100 and the F-250.

The Inception Of The F-150

In 1975, after over 50 years of manufacturing capable trucks for American families, Ford released the brand-new Ford F-150 as a middle ground between the lightweight F-100 and heavy-duty F-250.

Radical Changes

In the 1980s, Ford made several changes to its truck lineup that positioned the F-150 as the frontrunner of the brand's capable truck cavalry. Significant design updates, a twin I-beam front suspension, custom paint packages, and the discontinuation of the F-100 set the stage for the F-150 to become thickly entrenched in American culture.

The '90s

By the end of the 1990s, the F-150 and its other F-Series siblings had been the best-selling trucks in America for 20 years. Many performance-focused improvements were made to the truck's powertrain, and by the end of the century, the F-150's exterior was larger and curvier than it had been in decades.

The New Millennium

Since 2000, Ford has made the F-150 more aggressive with each new platform redesign. Simultaneously, the automaker has made the truck more family-friendly by cultivating a comfortable, luxurious cabin and introducing eco-friendly engines to reduce emissions and save on fuel.

The 2020 F-150

The F-150 as we know it today is offered in seven unique trims with six distinct powertrain options offering up to 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Perfect for work and play, the F-150 is as comfortable off-road as it is on the jobsite.

Visit Tipton Ford in Brownsville, Texas, today to test drive the 2020 Ford F-150.

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