• One of the most popular Ford light-duty pickup designs
• Iconic styling and enhanced passenger comfort
• Older attractive restoration with attractive colors
• Offered in good running and driving order
215 cid OHV inline six-cylinder engine, single-barrel carburetor, 101 HP, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 117”
Redesigned for 1953, the highly successful F-100 was the successor to the F-1 which was the first postwar light-duty design from Ford. The redesigned cab of the F-100 was restyled and, while certainly attractive, it echoed the design of Ford's passenger cars and was laid out with occupants in mind, including a seat measuring fully five feet wide and dimensions offering greater hip, leg, shoulder, and leg room for those inside. Windshield area was increased 55 percent, and the glass was curved rather than flat, for much-improved visibility. The rear window was full-width and the side window ledges were lowered for better visibility while turning and parking. Buyers could choose between the standard cab or the Deluxe cab with a headliner, stainless drip-rail moldings, a sun visor for the passenger, a cigar lighter, driver and passenger armrests, chrome vent-window moldings, twin horns, foam seat padding, and chrome grille elements.
Given 1953’s Golden Anniversary status at Ford, the F-100 was equipped with a commemorative horn button, with a special gold rim and "50th Anniversary 1903-1953" callout. While the F-100 rode a four-inch shorter wheelbase than before, its front axle was moved back four inches for improved maneuverability. Better stability and ride were via longer front and rear leaf springs. Engine choices for 1953 were a 215 cubic-inch overhead valve straight-six or 239 cubic-inch Flathead V-8. However, 1953 was the last year for the venerable Flathead V-8 in the F-series trucks, with the new “Y-block “ unit becoming the standard V-8 for 1954. The 215 cubic-inch six was rated at 101 horsepower and 185-lbs. ft. of torque, just five fewer horses than the Flathead V-8. Transmission choices were an automatic – an F-Series first and only initially available with the F-100. The Ford-O-Matic Drive automatic was matched with a 3.92:1 rear end. Manual transmissions included a column-shifted three-speed, a three-speed with overdrive, or a floor-shifted four-speed. The three- and four-speed transmissions were mated to either 3.92 or 4.27 rear ends.
The 1953 F-100 was an unqualified success, earning over 26 percent of the U.S. light-duty truck market in 1953, Offered from the Monical Collection, this 1953 Ford F-100 pickup continues to benefit from an older restoration with nice colors, chrome bumpers, a usable interior, and a striking cargo bed with wooden flooring, and stainless strips. Equipped with a 215 cubic-inch ‘six’ and three-speed manual transmission, this F-100 is also equipped with a desirable heater. Attractively presented, it is a nice example of one of Ford’s most successful light-truck lines and highly enjoyable, being offered in good running and driving order.
1953 Ford F-100 Pickup Truck
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