Gallery: A look back at 75 years of Ford F-Series trucks

July 26, 2022
Ford's F-Series debuted in 1948. The OEM is celebrating the upcoming diamond anniversary with a special Heritage Edition of the popular F-150 pickup. Take a look back at Ford pickups and chassis cabs through the past 75 years.

Ford Motor Company’s popular F-Series trucks were first introduced almost 75 years ago and have been part of fleet operations and American culture since that 1948 debut. To celebrate the diamond anniversary of the series, the OEM will roll out an F-150 Heritage Edition in 2023.

The special edition of the most popular vehicle in the U.S. features a modern take on the classic two-tone exterior paint Ford offered in the 1970s, ’80s, and early-'90s during the sixth, seventh, and eighth generations of the F-Series, which debuted as the F-1, F-2, and F-3 trucks in 1948. Using Ford's heritage media bank of images and brochures, this FleetOwner photo gallery takes a look back at just some of the hundreds of various F-Series vehicles Ford has produced over the past 74 years. 

The 2023 Heritage Edition will be available on XLT series F-150 trucks. In a news release, Ford said the design represents a new interpretation of the A-B-A exterior paint pattern, with an A color encompassing the roof and pillars, a B color for the midsection, then the A color repeating on bumpers, lower doors, and lower body.

Interior offerings are slate gray and black. Seat trim covers featuring inserts, plus embossing on the console lid to enhance the Heritage design, according to the OEM. A white “75 Years” logo appears in the upper center windshield and is included in the center screen startup animation and on the center console.

Five color options are available in the 2023 F-150 Heritage Edition, slated to go into production this fall, are:

  • Race Red midsection, with upper and lower Carbonized Gray
  • Atlas Blue midsection, with upper and lower Agate Black
    • Antimatter Blue midsection, with upper and lower Carbonized Gray
      • Avalanche midsection, with upper and lower Agate Black
        • Area 51 midsection, with upper and lower Agate Black

          The F-150, which debuted in 1975, is the light-duty fleet truck that goes with Ford’s larger F-Series vehicles, which include the Super Duty series (F-250, F-350, and F-450 pickup trucks and F-450 and F-550 chassis cabs). Larger medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks offered today by the OEM include the F-600, F-650, and F-750, which can be spec’d between Class 6 and Class 8 commercial vehicles.

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          Editor-in-Chief Josh Fisher has been with FleetOwner since 2017, covering everything from modern fleet management to operational efficiency, artificial intelligence, autonomous trucking, regulations, and emerging transportation technology. He is based in Maryland. 

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