• Sep 27, 2007
Click the image above for high-res shots of the 2008 Harley-Davidson Edition Ford F-Series pickup.

The new for '08 Ford Harley-Davidson F-Series Super Duty is what you've come to expect after walking ten times around this dual-branded block. Harley owners not willing to ride in the rain (we can't blame them) and others that like to emulate the leather- and chrome-clad image have purchased over 60,000 of the things in the last eight years. This time around it's a celebration of the Pennsylvania-based biking outfit's 105th anniversary, coinciding with Ford's own celebration of building cars for just as many years.

Paint schemes are inspired by Harley's special-edition 105th anniversary motorcycle and come in one of two flavors: either a two-tone, black and "Vintage Copper" combo or an all black body with copper pin striping. According to Brad Richards, the Ford/Harley brand manager, the chrome side vents and grille are inspired by the heat diffusers found on the cylinder heads of the V-Twin, and the 20-inch polished wheels bring the theme home.

The "Vintage Copper" color finds its way inside, accenting the leather seats and panels, while anniversary Harley badging adorns the front and rear thrones, plus a serialized plaque mounted on the armrest.

You can get all the details in the press release after the jump and peruse the gallery below for a handful of high-res shots.



PRESS RELEASE

2008 FORD HARLEY-DAVIDSON™ F-SERIES SUPER DUTY: HEAVY METAL EDITION POWERS 105-YEAR JOURNEY

* 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson ™ F-Series Super Duty arrives this fall, packaged with the raw attitude of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles.
* Super Duty model shares same design as the 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-150 for the first time.
* The truck is available with Ford's powerful 10-million-mile tested 6.4-liter Power Stroke ™ diesel that helps make the Super Duty the hands-down capability champ.


DALLAS, Sept. 27 – The successful alliance between American icons Ford Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Motor Company rolls on with the launch the 2008 105th Anniversary Edition Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty.

Henry Ford started his production models the same year that William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson began to produce motorcycles – and since 1903, both companies have been rolling out superstars. Now, for the first time, the twosome is producing Harley-Davidson ™ editions of the F-150 and Super Duty pickups in the same model year – and with the same design features.

"This is a great opportunity for Ford and Harley-Davidson – two American icons – to celebrate 105 years of shared passion for the open road," said Tom Aubrey, marketing manager, Ford F-Series Super Duty. "Truck and motorcycle customers share the same values and dreams: they work hard, believe in genuine products and love experiencing the nation's highways and byways."

The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty is the 11th model to emerge from a Ford Harley-Davidson alliance that began in 1999. The co-branding of these two storied companies has proven to be a successful formula, with sales totaling more than 60,000 units.

Metal, Chrome and Leather

The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty draws its design theme from the special-edition 105 th Anniversary Harley-Davidson® motorcycle and its distinctive Vintage Copper paint. A special "105 th Anniversary Harley-Davidson F-Series Super Duty" badge adorns the exterior and interior of the truck. The unique paint options, graphic treatments and singular wheel design work together with Super Duty's strong, distinctive looks to give the vehicle a bold attitude that unmistakably connects the truck to the rich history and tradition of Harley-Davidson ® motorcycles.

"The design of the side vent and grille on the Super Duty represents the heat stakes on a cylinder head of a Harley-Davidson® V-Twin engine," said Brad Richards, design manager, Ford Harley-Davidson ™ trucks. "That was intentional as we wanted to thematically tie theses trucks directly to the bikes in ways that enthusiasts would appreciate."

The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidson™ F-Series Super Duty offers a choice of black monochromatic exterior paint with a custom Vintage Copper stripe running along the beltline – or a black and Vintage Copper two-tone paint scheme.

The Vintage Copper color accents are carried through the interior as well, accenting specially designed leather seats. A unique instrument cluster and one-of-a-kind 105th Anniversary badge round out the interior.

"These trucks are pure customs – right from the factory," said Pat Schiavone, design director, Ford trucks. "I've been involved with Harley-Davidson™ trucks since day one, and this is my favorite."

Other unique special equipment includes:

* "105th Anniversary Harley-Davidson F-Series Super Duty" fender vents and badges
* Chrome billet-style grille with body-color surround
* Unique headlamps and illuminated molded running boards
* Chrome exhaust tips
* Rubber bed mat with HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield Logo
* PowerScope trailer tow mirrors
* Unique 20-inch polished forged-aluminum wheels
* Power sliding rear window
* Memory power-adjustable performance pedals
* Black and dusted copper leather-trimmed front and rear Captain's chairs; a 60/40 split, flip-up rear bench is optional – with the Bar & Shield logo mounted to the top of the seat backs
* Memory heated power driver seat and heated power front -passenger seat

Ford Truck Leadership

Since its debut in 1948, Ford has sold more than 32 million F-Series trucks. Today, there are more F-Series pickups on the road with 250,000 or more miles on them than any other brand. F-Series also is the best-selling truck in America for 30 years running and the best-selling vehicle for 25 years in a row.

The new 2008 Super Duty features the 6.4-liter Power Stroke V-8 Turbo Diesel – the most powerful, cleanest, and quietest Ford pickup diesel engine ever; a new exterior and interior design; and innovations including an industry-first Tailgate Step™ that allows easy access to the pickup box. In addition, the all-new F-450 pickup offers industry-leading towing capacity of 24,500 pounds and maximum payload of 6,120 pounds.

The Ford F-150 half-ton pickup, like the Super Duty, is the capability leader in its segment with best-in-class payload and towing capacities.

New for the 2008 model year, Ford has added to an unmatched lineup of more than 60 unique
F-Series offerings, including new F-150 Lariat Limited and SuperCrew XL models.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      -Shipey
      No big deal, but - there are three HD factories in Milwaukee.
      Additionally, and regardless, it certainly is headqaurtered in MKE, WI.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This one leaks more oil and the bolts fall apart after a couple of drives.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Harley edition was so cool before.
      This one is just not doing it for me.
      Luckily the King Ranch is still pretty cool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Who's sales will fall faster Harley or Ford's?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't associated with Harley-Davidson: the most over-priced pieces of crap on the road.

      Harleys only appeal to guys with severe confidence issues.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is nothing worse than internet idiots unabashedly voicing their ignorance. Yeah you BMW nut-swinging, over priced shirt wearing pricks.
      They fall apart instantly because they weren't made in Germany or Japan? Smack yourself in the face until you get back in touch with reality.
      This truck is cooler than any import and just as well put together. You guys should listen to John P, who is one of the few that doesn't have his head completely shoved up his azz like some of you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does this special truck version leak more oil than run of the mill Fords?
      • 7 Years Ago
      There have been a few Harley/Ford trucks over the years that I thought looked really cool, this isn't one of them, but there's little doubt it's a good match.

      Both of these products are unashamed of what they are and who they are made for. It's funny how for years and years people like Tim have been predicting the sales of Harley, and now Ford 150's to drop like a rock. I guess eventually they'll be right if they piss and whine that statement long enough.

      If you don't get what they are about, don't buy them and go back to watching your meg ryan/metrosexual of the day chick flicks. These vehicles fill a niche and I'm glad they do it so well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's just like putting make-up on a pig...
      One of the ugliest trucks in automotive history tarted up a little with some Harley-Davidson badges on it in hopes of making a sale to some wannabes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It kills me that Ford's best looking, most interesting interiors are reserved for trucks!! And in the best colors, too. - the dark saddle color in the King Ranch and the copper in the Harley.

      Sedan interiors get either mouse grey or mouse beige - in your choice of synthetic rat fur or hide upholstery. Y-a-aw-w-nn. How about some intersting colors and imaginative upholstery design for sedans!!

      And excuse me, but where is the full white or ivory interior for the Mustang convertible? I guess the Detroit designers forget that the sun beats mercilessly all year round in Florida and southern CA, and black or the other available dark color interiors becomes an oven.

      Love the interior in this truck, glad Ford has the ability to create something really stylish. But why not also aim your efforts at the car interiors, too!


        • 7 Years Ago
        Chris H...Rat fur interiors? Last time I sat in a Ford with a "rat fur" interior was a vehicle that was built in the 90s or early 2000s.

        Gray and beige? Well, I don't think Ford offers beige in any vehicle. I usually see tan, black or gray...like pretty much EVERY other mass producer of vehicles out there. And you talk about dark interiors. Go after the imports on that one. That's all they showcase. Every concept pic or car I see on lots has a BLACK interior.

        And by the way, you can order the Mustang with a TAN interior.

        Geez...

        And has anyone thought that maybe the reason the interiors in their trucks are better because the profits on those vehicles is A LOT higher?

        I agree on the color schemes. Even if it is the same material they use in every car, something like the above color scheme would be cool.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You are so right Chris. This interior is bold, and whether you like it or not, it makes a statement. I happen to think it's the best part of the truck. Best of any truck actually.

        I bet if Ford offered a bolder interior trim package for their cars as an option, many owners would gladly want to pay the few extra bucks.

        How about it Ford? Let some of your F150 designers walk over to the Fusion/Edge/Taurus/Mustang dept and stick their noses in please?

        Oh, and I bet the interior has been helped tremendously by the input of Harley in this case. Harley knows alot about this kind of thing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Chris,

        I agree that it is somewhat puzzling that Ford's truck interiors are so much better than their car interiors. I sat in a new F-250 King Ranch back at the Detroit Auto show and the leather was easily as high quality as anything in the Porsche display. I can't imagine it would be hard to put some of the same stuff in the Taurus or the Mustang. Good leather goes a long way to increasing the "perceived" quality of a car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats an awesome looking interior but its still a Ford truck. Not a truck fan, and from my experience the kind of people who will buy this are generally assholes on the road, tailgating on us smaller lesser cars and whatnot.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They do the same around where I live. All you can see is the pickup grill in the rear view mirror. It is always a guy with a goatee, baseball cap, and a couple of NASCAR stickers. When it snows they drive faster and closer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Doesn't matter - Harley was, is and always will be born and HQ'd in Milwaukee. They've got a plant in Kansas City too, by the way.
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