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I used to be going to attempt to do some April Fools type of joke announcing that Ford would produce a 2020 Ford F-100 as a particular heritage edition. But I figured this 12 months, April Fools jokes are in poor style. So, instead I’ll do a story saying what a disgrace it was that Ford didn’t create such a automobile. I believe it’s a missed opportunity for the Blue Oval.
Think about how awesome it would’ve been for Ford to send out the 13th Era F-150 with a special throwback model, full with two-toned exterior with the F-100 logo emblazoned on it (similar to the 1976 F-a hundred pictured right here). That would’ve been an important option to conclude the 2020 model yr as Ford prepares for the subsequent-generation 2021 Ford F-150.
Earlier this yr, I wrote about how the “retro” look was popular for F-150 patrons at many Ford dealers. Adding two-toned exteriors and light bars to fashionable F-150s appear to be fairly a preferred fad. So it’s safe to assume that had Ford finished a heritage concern with a flareside or styleside 1970s vibe it could’ve been a collector’s merchandise.
But alas Ford missed this opportunity. So let’s take a stroll down reminiscence lane and look at the primary yr (technically) for the Ford F-150.
What 12 months Did Ford Rename the F-100 to F-150? In 1975, Ford renamed the F-100 to F-150. It was more of a way to work round recent authorities rules relating to trucks that weighed greater than 6,000 pounds.
According to authorities rules, any truck weighing 6,000 pounds or much less required a catalytic converter be put in together with expensive heat shielding. Moreover, these trucks required dearer unleaded gasoline. Any truck that weighed over 6,000 pounds may forego the catalytic converter and use a lot cheaper leaded gasoline.
The 1975 F-100 weighed 6,050 pounds and thus created a loophole. Ford changed the identify and marketed it as being a half-ton truck with the capability of a F-250. The title modified labored around government regulations and likewise vaulted gross sales of the truck to make it the best-selling vehicle in 1975.
Ford continued to supply the F-a hundred in some capacity by 1983.
The Last Time Ford Produced A Heritage-Version F-150 It’s not unprecedented for Ford to supply a heritage edition, so my what-if situation is just not to this point-fetched or some kind of April foolishness. In 2004, Ford created the F-one hundred fifty Heritage. It was technically a part of the 11th Generation F-Sequence, but carried over styling from the tenth-Technology, which was arguably one of the best era trucks Ford has constructed.
Ford was so successful making eleventh-Generation F-a hundred and fifty trucks that when it was time to change over to the new platform, there was still parts and demand, so Ford ran out the assembly plants making restricted-version versions of the 2004 F-a hundred and fifty with the heritage badging.
The 2004 F-a hundred and fifty Heritage was accessible on XL and XLT trims only. It was available as a regular cab and tremendous cab. A restricted quantity of these had been produced, but they were very popular and extremely collectible.
So now think about how cool it would’ve been for Ford to produce an analogous Heritage edition at the tail end of the 2020 manufacturing. It would’ve been a wonderful transition from one era to a different. And hey, that two-toned coloration and throwback styling would’ve been cool. If solely.
Speaking of colours, did you see the story I did on the brand new coloration palettes for the 2021 Ford F-150. Also, we still don’t know when the new 2021 F-150 will probably be revealed.
Depart me a comment about what your favorite year F-100 was.
2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a author because the high school. His Driver’s Aspect column options new automobile reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the nation. He is also co-author of the ebook “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A singular Look on the Technical Historical past of America’s Most popular Truck”. Additionally, Jimmy works in the social media advertising world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Observe Jimmy on Fb, Twitter, at his particular Ford F-150 protection on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy’s tales by looking out Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.