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Ford Trucks F-Series History

This is a section where we've compiled information on each model year of best-selling F-Series pickup trucks.

First Generation (1948 - 1952)

1948 through 1952 Ford pickup trucksThe first F-Series trucks were called the F-1 (half-ton), F-2 (three-quarter ton), and F-3 (one ton). The 1948 Ford F-Series had many improvements over previous generation Ford trucks. For information on each year of the first generation Ford trucks, choose a year below:

Second Generation (1953 - 1956)

1953 through 1956 Ford Trucks (second generation)The F-Series trucks were redesigned in 1953 with a more integrated look. The trucks took on new names as well. The F-1 became the F-100, the F-2 the F-250, and the F-3 the F-350. We also saw a new "Ford-O-Matic" automatic transmissions become an option. For information on each year of the second generation Ford trucks, choose a year below:

Third Generation (1957 - 1960)

1957 through 1960 Ford Trucks (third generation)1957 brought a bold new look to Ford trucks. It also brought some big changes and buyer choices. For information on each year of the third generation Ford trucks, choose a year below:

Fourth Generation (1961-1966)

1961 Ford F-1001961 brought a bold new look to Ford trucks. It also brought some big changes and buyer choices. Most notable for the '61-'66 trucks were the unibody pickups and introduction of the Twin I-Beam front suspension. For more details, choose a year below:

Fifth Generation (1967-1972)

1967-1972 F-SeriesThe fifth generation of trucks the generation that would live through the heyday of the muscle car era and carry the brand into the notorious 1970's. This generation has the nickname "bumpside" due to it's bump out that runs the length of the truck. For information on each year of this generation Ford trucks, choose a year below:

Sixth Generation (1973-1979)

1973 to 1979 Ford F-Series TrucksThe sixth generation of trucks received a completely new design. This generation of truck has the nickname "dentside" due to it's indent that runs the full length of the truck, basically opposite the previous generation. For information on each year of the ninth generation Ford trucks, choose a year below:

Seventh Generation (1980-1986)

1980 to 1966 Ford F-Series TrucksThe seventh generation of trucks saw a more user-friendly interior, updates to the engines, and a smaller, more fuel efficient design. For information on each year of the ninth generation Ford trucks, choose a year below:

Eight Generation (1987-1991)

1987 to 1991 Ford PickupsThe eighth generation of trucks saw a refreshed look both inside and out. For information on each year of the ninth generation Ford trucks, choose a year below:

Ninth Generation (1992-1996)

1992 to 1996 Ford F-Series1992 brought a new aerodynamic look and a more modern interior to Ford trucks. This generation also contained the first SVT Lightning F-150 from 1993-1995. For information on each year of the ninth generation Ford trucks, choose a year below:

Tenth Generation (1997-2003)

2003 F-150 King Ranch Green1997 brought a totally new, more car-like F-150. This generation saw the introduction of the first crew cab style F-150 (dubbed SuperCrew). This gen also contained the second SVT Lightning F-150 and the limited edition NASCAR F-150. The tenth generation Ford pickups also saw a partnership form between Ford and Harley-Davidson. For information on each year of the tenth generation Ford pickup trucks, choose a year:

Eleventh Generation (2004-2008)

2004 through 2008 Ford pickup trucksThe eleventh generation of Ford trucks brought many changes including an updated 3 valve 5.4L V8 and a full redesign. For more information on Ford trucks in each of the eleventh generation, choose a year below:

Note: the articles for 2007 and newer trucks are located at our partner site, FordF150.net

Twelfth Generation (2009-2014)

2011 F-150 White Lariat SuperCrewThe eleventh generation of Ford trucks brought many changes from year to year. New features such as a Tailgate Step and backup camera were options. Ford Sync was also new. The first EcoBoost engine came out in 2011, which is (twin) turbocharged. For more info on 12th generation Ford trucks, choose a year:

Thirteenth Generation (2015-Current)

2015-newer Ford pickup trucksThe thirteenth generation of Ford trucks brought many big changes. The biggest here was the switch to a full military grade aluminum body. In addition, a new 10-speed automatic transmission was available. Ford continued to have very high end luxury trucks such as the Limited trim level. For more information on Ford trucks in each of the 13th gen, choose a year below:

Note: We've made every attempt to provide accurate information on these history pages. Due to the fact that some of these trucks were manufactured 60+ or even 70 years ago, some data may be incorrect. Please contact us if you have any additions/corrections.