Ford F-Series (third generation)

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Third-generation Ford F-Series
1960 Ford F-100 Debadged.jpg
1960 Ford F100
Manufacturer Ford
Also called Mercury M-Series
Production 1956–1960
1962–1971 (Brazil)

United States

South America

Body and chassis
Class Full-size pickup truck
Body style
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine 223 CID (3.7 L) Mileage Maker I6
272 CID (4.5 L) Y-block V8
292 CID (4.8 L) Y-block V8
Wheelbase 110 in (2,794 mm)[1]
Predecessor Ford F-Series second generation (1953–1956)
Successor Ford F-Series fourth generation (1961–1966)

The third-generation of the Ford F-Series are trucks that were produced by Ford from 1956 to 1960. Following its competitors at Dodge and General Motors, Ford widened the front bodywork to integrate the cab and front fenders together. Going a step further, the F-Series integrated the hood into the bodywork with a clamshell design;[1] the feature would stay part of the F-Series for two decades. Although offered previously, the optional chrome grille was far more prominent than before. In the rear, two types of pickup boxes were offered, starting a new naming convention: the traditional separate-fender box was dubbed "FlareSide", while "StyleSide" boxes integrated the pickup bed, cab, and front fenders together. As before, Ford still offered a "Low GVWR" version of each model.

In May 1957, Ford discontinued building trucks at the Highland Park Ford Plant in Highland Park, Michigan. All light and medium trucks were transferred to 10 other plants in the USA. Heavy-duty trucks (above F-350) were transferred to Kentucky Truck Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky. Third generation trucks were built in Brazil as the F-100, F-350, and F-600 from 1962 until 1971.

OHV sixes and V8s were the same ones as used in Ford cars of the era.

This was the last generation of the panel van. Ford would not offer a full-size van again until the 1968 introduction of the second generation E-Series.

Yearly changes[edit]


The grille was updated; the dual headlights are replaced by quad headlights (the only generation of the F-Series to use them).


Ford introduced the option of the F-Series in four-wheel drive. Previously a conversion outsourced to Marmon-Herrington, Ford was the first of the "big three" U.S. manufacturers to manufacture four-wheel drive trucks on its own.


  • F-100 (F10, F11, F14): 1/2 ton (4,000–5,000 GVWR max)
  • F-100 (F18, F19)(4×4): 1/2 ton (4,000–5,600 GVWR max)
  • F-250 (F25, F26): 3/4 ton (4,900–7,400 GVWR max)
  • F-250 (F28, F29)(4×4): 3/4 ton (4,900–7,400 GVWR max)
  • F-350 (F35, F36): 1 ton (7,700–9,800 GVWR max)


Engine Years Power
223 CID Mileage Maker I6 1958–60
272 CID Y-block V8 1958
292 CID Y-block V8 1959–60


  1. ^ a b Gunnell, John A. (1993). Standard Catalog of American Light-Duty Trucks. krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-238-9.