1955 Ford F100 custom pickup

1955 Ford F100 custom pickup

An upcoming exhibit tracing the history of Ford F-Series pickup trucks since 1948, announced for January by LeMay seemed like a good jumping-off point for today’s Pick of the Week.

The 1955 Ford F100 pickup was tastefully constructed as a period resto-rod

The 1955 Ford F100 pickup was tastefully constructed as a period resto-rod

An upcoming exhibit tracing the history of Ford F-Series pickup trucks since 1948, announced for January by LeMay – America’s Car Museum, seemed like a good jumping-off point for today’s Pick of the Week.

Vintage pickups have hit their stride with collectors. What were once plain-Jane appliances for the farm or work site are being restored into pristine showpieces and gleaming street rods, and getting loads of attention and strong bids at auction. Funky original trucks also have gained appeal.

The step-side truck body shines in metallic blue

The step-side truck body shines in metallic blue

The 1955 Ford F100 advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com has been restored into what appears to be an old-school custom, the way a  hot rodder might have done it back in the day.

The truck appears clean and tasteful in the photos, with a crisp-looking metallic-blue paint job and lowered over a set of wide-whitewall tires mounted on steel wheels with chrome trim rings and dog-dish hubcaps.

Keeping with the theme, the engine is a 312 cid V8 from a late-’50s Thunderbird with factory intake, four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust. The transmission is a three-speed manual with stalk-mounted shifter, which is probably how the 1955 pickup was configured originally. Pretty cool.

The V8 engine is from a late-’50s Thunderbird

The V8 engine is from a late-’50s Thunderbird

“This beautiful F-Series short-bed pickup received a professional restoration with a solid all-steel body, beautiful paint, trim and chrome,” according to the seller, a Fredericksburg, Texas, classic car dealer. “No major modification done to the body and it retains all of the original-style trim and chrome. The restoration is a few years old but still looks terrific.

“All of the mechanical elements were replaced or rebuilt so this truck drives fantastic,” the seller adds.

The interior retains its original trim, including the factory steering wheel, although Vintage Air and carpeting have been added for cruising comfort. A fresh set of wood planks have been installed in the pickup bed.

Trucks this nice don’t come cheap, and this F100 is priced at a stout $44,500. But for that, you get something that appears to be truly special. Just don’t go hauling any cinder blocks. Or anything else, for that matter.

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