HomePick of the Day1952 Ford F1 half-ton pickup

1952 Ford F1 half-ton pickup


The red Ford F1 pickup looks appealingly original
The  64-year-old Ford F1 pickup looks appealingly original

The main photo of this bright-red vintage pickup truck standing in the snowy Vermont woods is almost too nostalgic to bear, a beautiful image for the Christmas week.

The Pick of the Day is a 1952 Ford F1 half-ton pickup, a lovely short-bed that appears to be in exceptionally nice condition.

The F1 trucks had stepside short beds
The half-ton F1 trucks had stepside short beds

“This is an amazing rust-free truck showing a very believable 60,000 miles,” says the advertisement in ClassicCars.com placed by an Essex Junction, Vermont, auto dealer. “It has had one older repaint and there are no signs of any body repairs. The wood in the bed also appears to be original indicating that the truck was probably garaged for most of its life.”

The gallery of pictures show a clean-looking truck all in red, paint and interior, and powered by a flathead V8 with dual carburetors, good for at least 100 horsepower, and attached to a three-speed manual transmission with floor shift. The modern fuel lines are obviously a later addition.

“The flathead V8 runs beautifully and smoothly,” the dealer says. “There are no excuses with this truck.”

The pickup is all red, inside and out
The pickup is all red, inside and out

The F1 was Ford’s first all-new post-war pickup, the start of the F-series trucks that live on today. Introduced in 1947, the F1 received a facelift for 1951, including a new grille and headlight treatment. and a cabin with larger back glass and a redesigned dashboard. The 1952 model year was the last for the F1, which was replaced by the F100.

This pickup looks correct with its steel wheels, little hubcaps and narrow tires, as well as its ivory-color painted grille. The truck seems like a lucky survivor that somehow avoided the banged-up fate of most of these workhorses. Instead, it seems pampered like a show pony, a rarity indeed.

The asking price of $26,500 seems fair for such an unusual find. Hopefully the next owner will appreciate that after 64 years of preservation in New England, it would be a crime to alter this truck in any way.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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