1953 Ford F-100 Screams with ’90s Street Rod Style

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1953 Ford F-100

Most ’90s customs feature outrageous amounts of billet and tweed. But this subtle Ford F-100 is done (almost) right.

Styles and trends, well, they come and go. Some only to return years later as people suddenly decide that what they wore/drove decades ago is actually worthy of a comeback. The latest of these returning styles? Street rods and hot rods from the ’90s, which often came packed with more billet aluminum and tweed than actual sheetmetal. The latest example of which is this stellar 1953 Ford F-100 that’s up for grabs at Mecum’s Las Vegas auction on November 15-17.

At first glance, this classic Ford F-100 might just look like a clean and mild custom. And in reality, it is. The only clue that it was built a couple decades ago lies in the wheel design. Those American Racing five-star alloys are so vintage that we doubt you can buy anything like them today. But back in the ’90s, they were all the rage among hot rodders. The rest of the exterior is fairly simple, with a louvered rollpan and some candy finish, along with the requisite old school graphics.

1953 Ford F-100

Move to the inside, and the ’90s theme only grows stronger. Tan tweed covers both the bench seat and door panels, which matches the red paint nicely. There’s also a tilt column and some Classic Industries gauges to complete the look. Unfortunately, stuffing Chevy engines in Ford trucks was also a thing back in the ’90s. Thus, this one packs a 350, too. But at least it looks nice in that super sanitary engine bay.

1953 Ford F-100

Most ’90s customs were a little over the top, as builders just went too far with things like trim and paint. But this ’53 Ford F-100 is a nice, subtle example of how they can be done right. Now, all we need to do is rip out that engine and replace it with a proper 302 or 351!

Photos: Mecum

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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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