certainly different in the pickup truck world of today than they
were seventy five years ago. Take the Ford F-Series pickups, America's
number one selling vehicle the last nineteen years. Go onto any
Ford truck lot and you'll see them in all sorts of colors, all sorts
of sizes, and with all sorts of equipment. That is a far cry from
what was available back when the first Ford pickups hit the streets
back in the mid 1920s. Back then they came in one color, one model,
and without much equipment.
The date was
April 25, 1925 and on that date the Ford Motor Company introduced
their first factory produced pickup truck. This new model was officially
called the Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body. And Ford priced
this new truck at $281.00 F.O.B. Detroit.
basic terms this new Ford was a roadster type pickup with an
all steel bed that was 56 inches long, 40 inches wide, and 13
inches high. The sides of the bed had pockets for stakes and
the tailgate was adjustable. If you wanted, or needed, a longer
heavier duty pickup truck you could opt for a Model TT (1 ton
rated) Ford truck with an 8 foot long Express Body.
3/4 view, showing the pickup bed of a 1926 Ford Model T Runabout
with Pickup Body. Notice how extra taillights have been added
to make this vehicle safer to drive in these faster paced
Ford model T Runabout with Pickup Body turned out to be a pretty
popular model for Ford in 1925 with over 33,800 of them being
redesigned their Model T's for 1926. This redesign included changes
to the cowl panel, hood, fenders, and running boards. There were also
changes made to the headlights, which were now mounted on the front
fenders, taillights, and now for the first time the Model T Ford had
an opening on the left side of its body for a door. The price of the
Model T Ford Runabout with Pickup Body in 1926 jumped to $366.00.
This higher priced pickup included additional equipment that was either
optional or not available on the 1925 model. Additional equipment
now included an electric starter, battery, and demountable tires.
And if you wanted balloon tires they were available too at a cost
ordered from the Ford factories these pickups were usually painted
black or green. If they were green their fenders and radiator
shells were painted black. Ford also offered the pickup box,
painted black, separately at their dealer parts department for
$25.00. So a customer could have a pickup box
Model T with Regular Type Rear Body treatment
he could use by simply bolting it on to his Model T chassis.
separate pickup body sales Ford produced over 75,000 pickup
boxes in 1926. Although exact production figures aren't available
for the Model T Runabout with Pickup Body we can assume that
Ford probably built more than 34,000 of them this year.
1927, the last year Ford would produce the Model T, additional
colors were made available for the Runabouts. Blue and Brown
were the colors added and again, if you wanted one of these
colors, your Model T Runabout with Pickup Body came with black
painted fenders, running boards, and radiator shell. Some owners
their pickups up with
looking 1926 Model T Ford Runabout with Pickup Body has period
accessories like a side-mounted spare tire, pickup bed side
boards, side curtains, and a spotlight.
plated radiator shell and wire type wheels to give their trucks
a more modern look. At the end of the model year Ford had
produced some 28,142 Model T Runabouts with Pickup Body trucks
which was a pretty good number of units for those times.
this ends our look at the beginnings of the Ford pickup truck.
A start which would see millions of trucks with the Ford name