1991 Ford F-Series Trucks
The final year for the eighth-generation F-Series capped a truly successful run that further cemented the F-150's dominance as the best selling truck in America. In fact, the F-150 had gained such a following that, in September of 1991, it transcended the pickup truck boundaries to become the best selling vehicle in America.
September 1991 would technically give the crown to the 1992 model year, but the significant design and engineering efforts invested by Ford on the eighth-generation F-Series certainly contributed to the truck's ascension to the top.
1991 Ford F-150 Video
Check out this full tour of a 1991 F-150 XLT Lariat:
What's New For 1991
1991 offered some very notable changes despite a redesigned pickup waiting on deck. Electronic Touch Drive 4WD made its first appearance, gracing four-wheel drive F-150s equipped with the 5.0 liter engine and four-speed automatic transmission.
This feature worked with the automatic locking hubs, allowing the driver to shift on the fly at any normal road speed. Automatic locking hubs also became an option on the F-250 and F-350, with manual hubs standard.
A now familiar two-tone paint scheme called Bodyside Two-Tone also debuted this year, offering a two-tone finish only below the body side moldings. And of course, 1991 marked the birth of the 'Nite' package - available only in black and only on trucks with XLT Lariat trim.
Aside from an appropriate lack of chrome, the Nite package included decals, a handling package, and it was only available with a 5.0 or 5.8 liter V-8. There is improved corrosion protection for '91, including two-sided galvanized steel hood, doors, and dash panel.
1991 F-Series Model Lineup
The three main F-Series trim levels carried over from 1990-Custom, XL, and XLT Lariat. Regular and SuperCab models were available across the line, while the Crew Cab remained exclusive to the F-350.
1991 F-Series Powertrains / Towing
The additions of Electronic Touch Drive for the F-150 and auto hubs for the F-250/350 mark the only powertrain changes from the previous year.
The 4.9L I-6 remained the base engine for the F-150, F-250, and F-250HD Regular Cab. The F-250HD SuperCab and F-350 received the 5.8 liter V-8 as standard, while the F-350 dually was stuffed with the 7.5L from the factory.
A five-speed manual remained the base transmission, with regular and electronic four-speed autos optional on the entire lineup.
A four-speed manual was available on F-150 and regular cab F-250 models, while F-250HD and F-350 models offered a three-speed automatic.
4.9L / 300 cid I-6
|F-150 / F-250 / F-250HD (2WD only)||
150 / 260
5.0L / 302 cid V-8
|F-150 / F-250||
185 / 270
5.8L / 351 cid V-8
|F-150 / F-250 / F-250HD / F-350||
200 / 300
7.5L / 460 cid V-8
|F-250 (4WD only) / F-250HD / F-350||
230 / 390
7.3L / 445 cid V-8 Diesel
|F-250HD / F-350||
180 / 345
* Applicable to trucks equipped for towing
1991 Ford F-Series Defects / Recalls
The electrical system recall (ID 39985) continues to affect the 1991 F-150 line. A short-circuiting ignition switch could ultimately lead to a fire, so Ford will replace the ignition switch free of charge.
The widespread fuel tank check valve recall (ID 49247) also affects this model year; a faulty check valve could result in a fuel overflow on trucks equipped with dual fuel tanks. Rusty cab corners, fenders, and clunky suspension components continue to plague these trucks as well.
1991 Ford F-150 MSRP, Standard Features & Available Options
Pricing for the 1991 F-150 started at $10,220 for a no-option, two-wheel drive Custom. A fully loaded XLT Lariat SuperCab four-wheel drive reached $20,346. Major standard features include:
- 4.9L six cylinder engine with multi-port fuel injection
- Five-speed manual transmission
- Twin I-Beam front suspension (Twin Traction Beam on 4WD models)
- Automatic locking hubs (4WD only)
- Power steering
- Power brakes with rear Anti-Lock
- AM radio with digital clock
- Halogen headlamps
- Chrome front bumper
- Full gauge cluster (oil pressure, engine temperature, and voltmeter)
- Easily removable tailgate
- Front/rear fender liners
- Cargo box light
Four Preferred Equipment Packages were offered in 1991 (500A, 502A, 503A, 507A) that offered a wide variety of option customization. Other packages included Handling, Trailer Towing, Camper, and Headliner/Insulation.
Major options include:
- Electronic AM/FM stereo cassette with digital clock
- Cruise control
- Air conditioning
- Power windows (XL and XLT Lariat only)
- Power door locks (XL and XLT Lariat only)
- Tilt steering wheel
- Deluxe argent styled steel wheels
- Forged aluminum wheels
- Sport wheel covers
- Sliding rear window
- Knitted vinyl bench seat
- Super engine cooling
- Roof clearance lights
- Electronic Touch Drive (F-150 4WD only)
- Argent rear step bumper
- Chrome rear step bumper
- Lower accent / Deluxe / Bodyside two-tone paint
- Skid plates (4WD)
- Limited-slip rear axle
- Limited-slip front axle (4WD only)
- Captain's chairs (SuperCab only)
- Center console (SuperCab only)
- Dual fuel tanks
- Heavy-duty front/rear shocks
Interior trim colors include Dark Charcoal, Crystal Blue, Scarlett Red, and Chestnut. These colors are coded to certain exterior paint colors and may not be available in all interior/exterior color combinations. Available exterior paint color choices for 1991 include:
- Raven Black
- Dark Grey Metallic
- Medium Silver Metallic
- Scarlet Red
- Cabernet Red
- Emerald Green Metallic
- Bright Regatta Blue Metallic
- Deep Shadow Blue Metallic
- Colonial White
- Desert Tan Metallic
- Dark Chestnut Metallic