When you look at Ford's record-selling pickups, you have to think that it is good – actually beyond reasonable, and it is super. For the last 45 years, Ford has been the leading pickup truck manufacturer in the nation.
It is quite a record as Ford has made the best-selling truck series in America. For 45 years, Ford has been the best-selling truck series in the U.S. And, believe it or not, and it has been the best-selling vehicle overall for 40 years.
Ford had a great year as it became the leading seller in the market during the fourth quarter.
Automaker Has Lots To Celebrate
Honestly, the automaker has lots of the 40s to celebrate, but now it has another one: Ford is celebrating the production of the 40-millionth F-Series vehicle to its customers.
Of course, we know that the 40-millionth truck from Ford is an F-Series pickup, but exactly which truck is it?
According to information from Ford, the 40-millionth F-Series pickup was a 2022 F-150 Tremor model. The Tremor, done in Iconic Silver, rolled off the line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. The pickup is now on its way to Texas to get to work, which the Ford trucks do.
F-Series Has A Long History
Believe it or not, the F-Series has a continuous and long history. The first F-Series truck rolled off the assembly line 75 years ago, in 1947. The Ford F-1, F-2, F-3, and F-4 went on sale 74 years ago in 1948.
Production of the first generation F-Series spanned two years, from 1948 to 1950. And, from that beginning three-quarters-of-a-cent\ury ago, Ford's truck story began.
Marc Stern has been an automotive writer since 1971 when an otherwise normal news editor said, "You're our new car editor," and dumped about 27 pounds of auto stuff on my desk. I was in heaven as I have been a gearhead from my early days. As a teen, I spent the usual number of misspent hours hanging out at gas stations Shell and Texaco (a big thing in my youth) and working on cars. From there on, it was a straight line to my first column for the paper, "You Auto Know," an enterprise that I handled faithfully for 32 years. Not many people know that I also handled computer documentation for a good part of my living while writing YAN. My best writing, though, was always in cars. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, etc. You can follow me on: Twitter or Facebook.