When it comes to pickup trucks, there is perhaps no other model line that is as storied as the Ford F-Series. The Ford F-Series was established way back in the post-war era of 1948. It has been in existence for more than half a century now—a remarkable feat that very few model lines has been able to accomplish. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the series has also gone on to become the best-selling truck in the U.S. for over thirty years and the overall best-selling vehicle for more than twenty years. One of the main reasons for that success is the Ford F-250.
1953-1956: Name Change
As mention earlier, the F-Series debuted in 1948. But it wasn’t until the second generation that the F-250 designation was officially introduced. Back in the series’ first generation, the F-250 was simply known as the F-2.
Just like its predecessor, the F-2, the F-250 weighed ¾ ton. The F-250 was one of the first recipients of the then-new overhead valve Y-block V8 engine (referred to as the
Power King), which made the massive pickup even more formidable. The combination of size and power made the F-250 perfect for various kinds of work and heavy hauling.
1961-1965: The Introduction of the Unibody Design
For the model line’s fourth generation, the Ford F-250 received a major overhaul as the unibody styling (a design that combined the cab with the box) was introduced. The traditional styling was still being offered though as the unibody design was only available for three years. Both designs gave the F-250 a wider appearance.
1965, in particular, marked many changes for the F-250 as its drivetrain, suspension, engine, and even its chassis were updated.
1980-1986: The Shift to a More Aerodynamic Design
It took nearly two decades before the Ford F-250 received another extensive facelift. The seventh generation of line departed significantly from the previous generations’ designs as the F-250 now had a squarer and leaner appearance. Ford chose to scrap the
bulky-look styling in order to boost the model’s fuel efficiency.
1999: Super Duty
Yet another major redesign went the way of the Ford-F250 during this time. But the most significant development for this period was the introduction of the heavy-duty version of the F-250. Referred to as the Ford F-250 Super Duty, this version of the pickup is larger, heavier, and more powerful than the traditional one. Practically all of its components are
supersized, which included the transmissions, the brakes, axles, and the springs.
2009: The Modern Ford F-250
Now in its twelfth generation, the Ford F-250 continues to reinvent itself. It features a more powerful engine, a lighter chassis for improved fuel economy, and even some of the aesthetic aspects of the F-250 Super Duty. With those, the F-250 remains as one of the best pickup trucks available in the market.