1961 Ford F-100 4×4 Is One Rare Yellow Bird

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1961 Ford F-100 4x4

Ford didn’t build very many four-wheel drive pickups in the early ’60s. And this Flareside Ford F-100 is even rarer.

It’s hard to imagine today, but there was a time when most trucks sitting on dealer lots weren’t four-wheel drive. Even though in the ’50s, many Americans lived in rural areas. Places that didn’t have a lot of paved roads. Despite this, people didn’t really know about the virtues of 4x4s, and manufacturers didn’t bother making many of them. Even when Ford began offering factory four-wheel drive pickups in the ’60s, not many people actually bought them. Which makes this 1961 Ford F-100 4×4 all that more special.

We came across the yellow and white pickup while perusing Reddit recently. And of course, any time we see an early factory Ford 4×4, we have to take note. Mainly because these things were produced in very scant numbers. How scant, you say? Well, exact numbers are difficult to come by. But we do know that at the start of the ’60s, Ford only built 2,809 Styleside 4x4s and just 967 Flaresides. And of course, this Ford F-100 falls in the latter, rarer category.

Most of these pickups were also used up and worn out, then disposed of. As most trucks were in those days. So you can bet that there are far fewer left in existence today that aren’t sitting in some field in the middle of nowhere, rusted out beyond repair. This one, on the other hand, appears to have held up pretty well over the years.

Admittedly, we aren’t huge fans of yellow or the cheesy aftermarket wheels. But those are small niggles when you’re talking about such a unique slice of Ford truck history. It might be hard to believe that there was a time when people didn’t care about four-wheel drive. But this fine example is still around to make us remember those long forgotten days!

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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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