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Reflecting the fast-changing demands of light-truck buyers and the fierce competition from Chrysler Corporation and General Motors, Ford Motor Company launched a brand-new pickup line for 1961 to replace the 1957-1960 series. This major engineering, tooling, and marketing effort was an essential part of Ford’s overall revitalization in the wake of the Edsel debacle in its passenger-car lines, with the company looking to a brighter future with the launch of the new compact Falcon. Organized around the ½-ton F-100 and ¾-ton F-250 lines with available 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive powertrains, plus the 1-ton F-350, Ford’s new pickups continued the company’s tradition of F-Series innovation and rugged dependability.
For the first time, Ford pickups were available with an integrated cab and cargo box, intended to reduce the likelihood of dirt and moisture accumulation and rusting in the exposed spaces. However, this option was shelved after 1963. A wider overall look defined the new Ford pickups and by 1965, the innovative Twin I-Beam front suspension debuted to acclaim, providing a more comfortable, car-like ride while maintaining the strength of a work truck. With this advancement, the old-style front leaf springs were replaced with coils, and the twin independent front axles were located by large radius arms.
The new F-Series offered a wide variety of available engine/transmission combinations, including the 223 cubic-inch “Mileage Maker” inline six and 292 cubic-inch “Y-Block” V-8 in 1961, with the six available in 240- and 300 cubes for the final 1965 and 1966 model years, plus the torque-optimized 352 cubic-inch ‘FE’ big-block, rated at 208 horsepower. Interestingly, the basic 1965 and 1966 F-Series chassis design would adapt itself very nicely through 1979, with many standardized and interchangeable parts including the brakes and engine mounts, making the mid-1960s F-Series trucks easy to repair and service and ideal as a classic-pickup choice today. This F-250 ¾-ton example from 1966 is a Mint Green beauty that represents the final model year of the highly influential 1961-1966 F-Series light trucks. It features a new paint finish and an upgraded 460 cubic-inch big-block V-8 engine and transmission, plus power brakes and steering, customized interior, auxiliary fuel tanks, a receiver hitch, and sprayed-in cargo-bed liner. Riding on a set of custom wheels, this highly desirable F-250 is reported by the consignor to run great, being equally capable as a great classic pickup to drive, or as a useful and stylish cargo hauler.