The original Ford F-1 pickup went on sale way back in 1948. The post-war market fell in love with it, and the Blue Oval's most successful vehicle ever was born. Over 33 million examples have been sold, making it the best selling vehicle of all time. It's been the best selling truck in America for 30 years, and for 26 of those years was the best selling vehicle overall. There's no argument that America loves its trucks, and Americans love the Ford F-150.
At the Texas State Fair today, Ford will introduce a special 60th Anniversary special limited edition package for the F-150 and Super Duty to celebrate the truck's big birthday. We're a bit underwhelmed by the truck that Ford is showing, however, since it's basically just a badge job. Commemorative 60th Anniversary badges adorn the exterior and interior of the truck, with a special laser engraved plate on the center armrest showing the serial number of each of the 7,500 F-150s and 2,500 Super Duty's sold with the special package. The trucks will be offered with a two-tone paint job that either lays Dark Shadow Gray over Ebony over does the reverse. There'll be lots of chrome, too, as the trucks include the XLT Chrome package with a chrome grille, running bars and exhaust tips, while the Super Duties also get chrome wheels.
Being the F-150, you can get the 60th Anniversary special limited edition package on a dizzying array of configurations, which we'll let you peruse in Ford's press release after the jump.
FORD ACCELERATES FROM 0-TO-60 WITH ANNIVERSARY EDITION F-SERIES
- America's best-selling full size pickup for 30 years celebrates its 60th Anniversary with special limited edition 2008 F-150 and Super Duty models.
- The 60th anniversary package is available on XLT SuperCab and SuperCrew models and features a unique two-tone paint scheme, chrome grille and accents, anniversary badging and serialization plate on the center console.
- 60th Anniversary Edition F-150 and Super Duty will be available this winter.
F-150 and Super Duty 60th Anniversary Editions.
"The F-Series is more than just the long-running foundation for Ford," said Mike Crowley, Ford Truck and SUV group marketing manager. "It not only embodies the values of Ford Motor Company, but in many ways embodies the values of America. Built Ford Tough is just another way of saying it's built for hard-working, independent Americans."
Available this winter, the 60th Anniversary F-150 and Super Duty will each sport a special two-tone paint scheme of Dark Shadow Gray over Ebony or a reverse color scheme with Ebony over Dark Shadow Gray. Each 60th Anniversary F-150 will come appointed with the XLT Chrome package that includes a chrome grille, running bars and exhaust tips. The Super Duty version will share those chrome components and add chrome wheels to its XLT package.
Both the 2008 F-150 and Super Duty Limited Edition models are adorned with a commemorative 60th Anniversary badge that appears in multiple places on the exterior and interior of each truck. The 60th Anniversary badge on the armrest of the large center console carries a laser-engraved plate with the serial number of each of the 7,500 60th Anniversary F-150s and 2,500 Anniversary Super Duties that are part of this limited edition offering.
The interior of the F-150 and Super Duty will feature a number of new and unique 60th Anniversary appointments including a special gauge cluster appliqué graphic that matches the design of the anniversary badge.
This special-edition F-150 edition is equipped with the FX4 cloth seats in Dark and Medium Flint while the Super Duty comes with a Charcoal/Stone interior with the XLT SportCloth seats.
The 60th Anniversary F-150 is available in 4x4 and 4x2 in SuperCab and SuperCrew with either a short or long cargo box. Engine choices include a 5.4-liter or 4.6-liter V-8 and automatic transmission only. The Super Duty is available in 4x4 and 4x2 in SuperCab and SuperCrew with either a short or long cargo box with an optional Off-Road Package. Engine choices include a 5.4-liter Triton V-8, 6.8-liter Triton V-10 or 6.4-liter Powerstroke Turbodiesel.
Tough Truck Heritage
In 1948, Ford introduced the F-1 pickup to a booming post-war America and marked Ford's first all-new line of post-war civilian vehicles. Advertised as "Built Stronger to Last Longer," the
F-Series became a symbol of America's economic prosperity, going to work on the job site, at the factory and on the farm.
Moving forward, the F-Series' "Excitedly Modern" and "Totally Different" design infused car-like elements into the light truck market. With its smooth body contours, integrated headlamps and innovations like the one-piece windshield, the F-Series launched a phenomenon that would see the scope of light trucks expand from the farm and factory to the American driveway.
While capability is still the key, evidenced by F-150's class-leading trailer tow and payload capabilities, light duty pickup trucks have evolved significantly over just the last 10 years. The F-150 has been leading the pack, offering creature comforts and innovations that were once found exclusively on passenger vehicles.
The F-Series continues today as America's favorite vehicle approaching 33 million sales since its introduction in 1948. The F-Series topped the truck sales charts for the last 30 consecutive years and boasts the recognition of being America's best-selling vehicle for 26 of those 30 years.