How much has the pickup truck changed in 68 years? We find out by taking a 1950 Ford F1 flathead V8 and a 2018 Ford F150 EcoBoost V6 for a drive.
The first generation F-series (F1) had a few configurations. You could choose between a straight-six or a V8. There were two-door pickup truck and panel-van version of the F1. The truck you see here is a 1950 F1 with a flathead V8.
There are millions of ways in which one can configure a new F-150, if you count all of the different trim levels, packages, and options. The 2018 F150 you see here is a STX trim crew cab 4×4.
|1950 Ford F1||2018 Ford F150|
|Engine||3.9L (239 cu-in) flathead V8||2.7L (164 cu-in) twin-turbo V6|
|Power||100 hp||325 hp / 400 lb-ft of torque|
|Transmission||3-speed manual||10-speed automatic|
|GVWR||4,700 lbs||6,900 lbs|
|Payload||1,000 lbs (approx.)||up to 2,470 lbs with 2.7L|
|Base price||$1,287 ($13,166 with inflation)||$27,380 (XL 2WD 2-door)|
The new truck may have all of the modern comfort, safety, and performance, but does it have the old school charm? On the other hand, the classic F1 is a challenge to drive on a two-lane highway. The truck has its own mind when it comes to steering, and 45 MPH feels like terminal velocity.
Have you driven a classic truck lately?
Check out the old-school truck fun in the video below.