This 1953 F-100 is the Ultimate F-Series Collectible

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Let’s face it: hot rodded, custom 1950’s Ford trucks are a dime a dozen.  How often do you see an early F-Series truck that has simply been restored to its former glory, with nary an aftermarket part to be found? Sure, these trucks look great when dropped and sitting on big wheels, with a huge motor under the hood. But they look just as good wearing their factory garb.

The 1953 F-100 you see before you is significant not only because it is a rare nut and bolt restoration in a world of customs, but also because it represents two milestones: Ford’s 50th anniversary, and the first year for the F-100.  Aside from all that, it’s simply drop dead gorgeous.

The restoration on this one is flawless, and the black on black/red color combination is as good as it gets. And how perfect are those painted wheels with chrome caps and wide whites?  Just looking at this truck will make you feel flush with nostalgia.

The 223ci “Mileage Maker” inline six cylinder pumps out a whopping 115 horsepower and is backed up by a 3 speed manual and a highway (but not stoplight) friendly 2.00:1 rear.  Getting up to speed in these things is a chore, but you’ll look great while everyone else is passing you.

Of course, these trucks weren’t designed to be speed demons – they were made to be workhorses at the farm.  It just so happens that they are also among the best looking trucks ever made, and those looks have stood the test of time.

So next time you see a bone stock 1950’s F-100, appreciate it for what it is.  And if you have the means to scoop up this pristine example to add to your collection, the bidding is still going on.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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