When they said “Built Ford Tough,” they were talking about this. A 1937 Ford pickup was recently found in Great Bend, Kanas in great condition and with only one owner. According to Motor Trend, the family purchased the V-8 pickup in June 1937. The owner of the truck had a farm and needed something to haul wheat in; the truck hauled that wheat for 20 years before retiring to storage for the past 64 years. Amazingly, the truck owner’s family even held onto the original title.
Chad Ehrlich of Nobody Else’s Auto in Great Bend discovered the truck; according to Ehrlich, it has the original paint and no rust, which is amazing for a truck this old. The truck is going to auction in Great Bend, Kansas on Oct. 2 at the Great Bend Expo.
History of the Ford Pickup
In 2017, Ford celebrated 100 years of the pickup truck, starting with the Ford TT in 1917 and culminating in the F-Series of trucks, which have been America’s number one sellers for 40 years. The TT retained the Model T cab and engine, according to Ford, but “came with a heavier-duty frame capable of carrying one ton of payload.”
In 1925, Henry Ford designed the Model AA pickup, which could carry a 1.5-ton payload. He marketed the AA in rural areas where, according to Ford historian Bob Kreipke, they “had a certain class to them. Customers could use them on the farm, yet still take them to church on Sunday.”
1933 saw the rise of the Model BB, which were outfitted as mail and freight trucks, ambulances, and stake trucks. In 1935, the Model 50 was born, outfitted with Ford’s famous Flathead V-8 engine.
After the war, Ford introduced the F-Series Bonus Built trucks for 1948 and the second-generation F-Series in 1953. The second generation introduced more power and changed the names of the trucks: F-1 became F-100, F-2 and 3 became F-250, and F-4 became F-350. The new trucks started to include more luxurious features, becoming less “utilitarian”.
Subsequently, the F-100 became the popular F-150 in 1975 with the sixth-generation F-Series. Ford pickup trucks were becoming staples of suburban and rural American life, and “people now had [trucks] they could use for work during the week, then hitch a trailer to and haul the family in for weekend getaways.”
Ford’s most recent new addition, the F-150 Raptor, was inspired by desert racing and off-roading, and is “the first off-road trophy truck from a major manufacturer.”