This 1948 Ford F1 comes with a confusing design but a convincing power unit
And some convenient modernities.
The Ford F-150 is America’s most popular vehicle. With production spanning fourteen generations and more than half a century, the pickup truck still sells like hotcakes. With such a legacy, there’s a fair chance someone would’ve attempted to piece together the best bits of the American pickup, and they did. However, it wasn’t exactly an amalgamation of the best bits, nor was it all Ford F-150 bits.
The example you see here is a 1948 Ford F-1 that has been resto modded with multiple custom inputs and put up for sale with an asking price of $27,995. While a plethora of new car options are available at that rate, none would have such a unique appeal and a V8 accompanying it.
Yes, this resto-mod pickup comes with a 5.0-litre fuel injected V8 along with aluminium radiator, headers, X-pipe dual exhaust system, upmarket suspension, disc brakes and an automatic transmission. Not very retro then. Adding onto this rather modern list are those 17-inch aftermarket chrome alloy wheels, custom tail lights and a remote door opener because it has no door handles.
Even the cabin features a host of current-day components such as power windows, stereo, air conditioning system and a ‘marine-grade’ vinyl upholstery on the door panels and seats accompanied by black leather. And to top it off, there’s a new three-spoke steering as well.
But the sole controversial aspect of this Ford F-1 has to be the front end. The car’s face sees a split of the original design where the bottom half of it gets lifted from the tenth-generation F-150. While the custom electric blue paint and lowered suspension do make a good attempt in overshadowing it, the face still sticks out. Hence, it would be better to look at it from the sides and the rear, which also opens up the view to that pretty real wood bed.
This sums up to be a unique offering for pickup enthusiasts of America. It would certainly turn heads in car parks, but I’m not sure if that’ll come down to the front end or the electric blue paint.