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Bill Walsh Ford-Lincoln

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When you buy an F-150, you don't just get a truck-you get a legacy. The F-150 has a long and rich history as the best-selling vehicle in the US. This truck offers a name owners can trust, as well as intelligent technologies and a durable design. Read on to learn more about the origins of the modern-day Ford F-150.


Early Years

The first F-Series trucks were introduced in 1948, and they were referred to as the F-1, F-2, and F-3 (half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and Heavy Duty, respectively). These trucks had integrated headlights-a rarity in those days-as well as a one-piece windshield and a large cab compared to most other trucks. You could get a whopping 100 horsepower when equipped with a 239 V8 engine.

By the 1950s, you could get the F-100 with a Power King engine that produced up to 130 horsepower. Luxury features included armrests, dome light, cigar lighter, and sun visors. By the end of the 1950s, the engine had been upgraded to get up to 173 horsepower-pretty impressive for any vehicle at the time.

Middle Years

The 1970s saw some drastic changes to the design. This included a larger frame, stronger suspension, and a distinct look with a Styleside body. The F-150 officially debuted in 1975 as a half-ton pickup (between the F-100 and the F-250), and you could get up to 360 horsepower when equipped with a new V8. In the 1980s, the truck got a more aerodynamic exterior, as well as a twin-traction beam suspension. The blue oval appeared in 1982, and we saw revolutionary changes in design to the now best-selling vehicle in 1987.


Current F-150

The current generation builds on many key aspects from the 1990s, though there are some upgrades. This includes a powerful new lineup of engines thanks to EcoBoost® technology, while a massive increase in variety has now been introduced. This includes things like Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew body styles, saddle leather options, and infotainment upgrades. Now, you can get an F-150 with smartphone connectivity, monochromatic styling, and a special Raptor off-road edition that's perfect for dirt trails or snowy paths.


The F-150 is truly one of the most iconic vehicles to ever hit the highway. This truck has a bold exterior and renowned durability, making it the best-selling vehicle for the past several decades. To become part of the long-standing legacy of F-150 owners, stop by Bill Walsh Ford today.