1953 Ford F-100: Black, Big-Motored Badass

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1953 Ford F-100

It only takes a few deliberate touches to transform a fat fendered 1953 Ford F-100 into a badass. And this one’s got ’em all.

Ford trucks from the ’50s are easily among the best looking, if not the best looking vehicles ever built. But those fat, curvy fenders aren’t exactly what you’d think of as menacing. No, early F-trucks aren’t going to strike fear into the hearts of onlookers. They’re much more charming boulevard cruiser than rough and tumble bruiser. But that isn’t the case with this 1953 Ford F-100 that we spotted over at The Collector Car Network.

1953 Ford F-100

Because you won’t find any pastel colors or wide white wall tires here. Just a brutally simple matte black paint job, which covers every inch of the truck save for part of the grille and the headlight rings. The bumpers are long gone and emblems shaved. And, of course, the whole thing hugs the ground thanks to a custom chassis setup and classic (also black) five spokes.

1953 Ford F-100

But while few trucks can pull off a badass look like this, this 1953 Ford F-100 also walks the walk. Because under that massive bulged hood you’ll find a proper Ford 460 V8. Which, of course, is quite refreshing as many choose to puzzlingly throw Chevy small blocks into these otherwise perfect trucks. And it proves just how easily this massive engine bay will swallow up a massive motor.

1953 Ford F-100

That polished engine bay, along with the grey and red interior, is every bit as sanitary as the outside. Modern amenities abound, including a billet column and steering wheel, aftermarket gauges, and a set of comfy looking seats. All of which adds up to our idea of what a 1953 Ford F-100 should look like. And it’s proof that even the least intimidating of designs can be made menacing. With the right custom touches, of course.

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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