Ford Trucks Celebrates a Centennial of Innovation

While the Ford F-150 as we know it debuted in 1948, the history of the Blue Oval’s pickups go back even further. The first pickup made by the Dearborn automaker hit the market in July 1917—one hundred years ago, last month. Since then, a philosophy of constant innovation have kept them a top-pick for truck owners, with the current F-150 boasting 40 years of dominance.

The original Ford pickups weighed a ton, and for their time, were well-suited to the task of hauling impressive loads. By 1948, the trucks offered 95-100 horsepower—capability that pales in comparison to the 2017 F-150’s max 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque—and the innovation only continued over the next thirteen generations, resulting in the trucks you see today! Take a look at the video above for a brief visual history of all of the Blue Oval’s pickups.

Want to see what a modern F-150 can do? With a class-leading tow and payload rating, not to mention numerous class-exclusive features, it remains a top pick for many while also offering numerous luxury features. To get behind the wheel, schedule a test drive with our Ford dealership in Fenton, MI as it’s convenient.

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