Forty Years of Ford F-150: America’s Best Selling Trucks


Here at Port Orchard Ford, we’re celebrating forty years of F-Series.  The Ford F-Series (F-150 & Super Duty) is now America’s best-selling truck for forty straight years and the top-selling vehicle for thirty-five straight years. As part of the yearlong celebration of this unprecedented milestone, let's take a look back at the innovation and leadership that brought F-series this far and that will carry it into the future.

In the Beginning

1903 – Henry Ford created Ford Motor Company.

1913 – The mass produced Model T sets a new standard for affordable transportation. Productions includes many cars, and also trucks which first sold as cabs and chassis.

1917 – The Model T is introduced, beginning heavy-duty truck production.

1925 – Ford introduces America’s first factory-built pickup truck.

1928 – The Model A replaces the long-running Model T.

1948 – The first F-Series, the F-1, is introduced and becomes a runaway hit with customers.

Taking the Lead

1977 – The sixth generations of F-Series (1973-1979) takes the sales leadership for the first time, selling 818,580 trucks for 1977.

1979 – Ford introduces the Built Ford Tough brand promise.

1980 – The all-new seventh-generation F-Series features efficient gas and diesel V8 engines.

1984 – F-150 replaces F-100 as the base F-Series truck.

1987 – The eighth-generation F-Series features a new aerodynamic design, available electronic fuel injections and rear Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS).

1997 – F-150 design is geared toward the light-duty, personal-use customer. Super Duty takes on a more heavy-duty, work oriented design.

The New Millennium

2001 – Luxury King Ranch model is an unprecedented success.

2008 – Ford introduces the all-new Class 3-leading F-450 pickup, once again raising the bar for maximum towing capacity.

2011 – Introduced for F-150 is the powerful, efficient EcoBoost engine technology. Super Duty receives the all-new Ford-engineered, Ford-built 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8 engine.

2015 – Ford Shifts away from steel and moves to groundbreaking, first-in-class high-strength, military grade, aluminum-alloy body and box for F-150.

2016 – This was a banner year for milestones, including:


  • First-in-class and still class-exclusive Pro Trailer backup Assist helps make backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob.
  • F-150 is the only full-size, light-duty truck in the industry to earn the government’s highest possible five-star rating for the driver and passenger for all cab configurations and for all crash test modes.
  • A Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
  • The best-selling year for F-Series since 2005.
  • An F-Series truck sold every 39 seconds in 2016.


2017 – The 2017 F-Series Super Duty Pickups and Chassis Cabs also move to high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy bodies plus a host of smart new technology. In addition to the forty year milestone, Motor Trend named the 2017 F-Series as 2017 Motor Trend Truck of the Year!

Here at Port Orchard Ford, we have a fantastic selection on the lot of brand new and pre-owned F-Series and Super Duty trucks. We are positive that we have an F-Series truck for you!

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