The Ford F-Series is the longest continuous single series ever produced by the Ford Motor Company, with over 60 years to its credit. The F-Series pickup line began with the newly designed F-1, which was introduced in 1948.
The F-1 Series light-duty truck was well constructed and reliable. It was attractive and easy to service. Powering these trucks was a 239.4 cubic-inch L-head V-8 engine breathing through two-barrel carburetors and delivering 100 horsepower. Though the flathead V-8 was nearing its development peak, Ford remained as the only American light-duty truck company to offer V-8 power. The public would have to wait until 1954 when Dodge introduced their C-Series pickups before their options expanded. In 1955, Chevrolet introduced their 'Task Force' lineup, creating even more diversity.
Ford produced nearly 290,000 trucks in 1948 in F-1 (half-ton), F-2 (3/4 ton) and F-3 (1-ton) form.
This 1949 Ford F-1 Pickup Truck was restored in 1996. In 1997, it earned an AACA National First Price award. The truck is fitted with a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. There is a front beam axle suspension with coil springs along with a live axle in the rear with semi-elliptic leaf springs.
In 2010, this car was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $30,000 - $40,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $41,250, which includes buyer's premium.