1956 Ford F-100: An American Masterpiece

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In a world of cookie-cutter builds, this vintage F-100 stands out from the crowd with a powerful presence & sleek design.

It’s no secret that we at Ford Truck Enthusiasts are big fans modern trucks. After all, they offer incredible reliability, comfort, and even loads of luxury. That being said, vintage steel holds a special place in our hearts, and deep down, we celebrate the roots of our favorite trucks.

In this case, said root is the hot rod renaissance that took place in the ’50s — the rebellious coming of age that defined an entire generation and changed the course of automotive culture.


When we see a period-correct hot rod build like this 1956 Ford F-100, offered by the fine folks at The Guild of Automotive Restorers, we can’t help but feel a little nostalgic. There’s simply too much retro goodness to ignore, here. With all the cookie-cutter ’56 builds floating around, it’s a particularly refreshing change of pace, to say the least.


For starters, when was the last time you saw a two-tone ’50s Ford? After marveling at the gorgeous Gloss Grey/Satin Black finish, it makes you wonder why more folks don’t follow this theme? The flawless finish covers a louvered, flip-forward hood and a custom tailgate. Thankfully, you won’t find oversized wheels here, just a set of staggered 17/18″ chrome pieces with white-sidewall tires.


The burgundy interior is equally gorgeous, but our favorite part lies under the hood. This unique build forgoes a common powerplant and employs a 1971 Ford 429 with dual 550 Holley carbs, a Blue Thunder hi-rise intake manifold, and modified 1970 Dove-C Heads. Behind the big motor lies a beefy, row-your-own Tremec TKO-600 5-speed.


Unlike most old-school builds, the suspension has received several upgrades, too. An independent front suspension and adjustable QA-1 coil-overs on all four corners. Altogether, this 1956 Ford F-100 one of the coolest trucks we’ve seen in a very long time.

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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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