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The Evolution of the Ford F-Series

February 11th, 2013

The F-series has logged a lot of mileage in the past 65 years.

The F-1 debuted in 1948 with a three-speed transmission and 95 horsepower. Water for washing the windshield was pumped using a foot pedal, and the passenger-side taillight was optional.

The F-Series has come a long way since then.

Four-door crew cabs appeared in the 1960s. It was designed to become more aerodynamic in the 1980s. In the 1990s, it got the more rounded style we’ve come to know and love. And, of course, the EcoBoost engine made its debut in the 2011 model.

The 2013 F-150 boasts nearly four times the horses of the 1948 model – and a special mode that makes towing and hauling a breeze. An available LCD productivity screen keeps drivers in the know; in 1948, LCD technology was still in its infancy, decades from making its way into vehicles.

No matter the bells and whistles, F-Series trucks have been a mainstay since their introduction.

So what will the next 65 years hold?

Will we see new dashboard technology? A new cab style? What kind of engine does a future truck have?


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