Old F-Series Badges Were Pure Art

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F-Series Badge

These cool old F-Series badges remind us there was a time when badges actually meant something!

At the risk of sounding like some old codger who’s set in their ways, we feel like truck badges just aren’t what they used to be. There was a time when the homely badge was an important part of exterior styling, after all. Today, badges like those on modern F-Series pickups are simply there to tell the world what you’re driving. Designers just don’t spend much time trying to make them into art, which is a real shame.

Ford F-100

Just take a look at this old front hood emblem from a 1953-1956 Ford F-Series pickup, for example. These newly redesigned trucks are still among the most beautiful ever built. For most, this generation represents the very best-looking F-Series ever built, in fact. But those fat-fendered rides also sport some pretty amazing trim, as you can see here.

Ford F-100

Aside from the old school Ford script, there’s a lightning bolt puncturing a gear. And as you might imagine, there was a reason for this. The combination was meant to represent the “working side” of the Ford family. Which is why the crest wasn’t present on Ford’s car lineup. Opinions vary on the inspiration for this duo, but many think the lightning bolt represents power, while the gear represents work. Others say they represent strength and reliability, or even how energy is transformed into work.

F-Series Badge

Regardless of the true meaning behind the badge, it’s intriguing to see how folks feel about the design in this Reddit thread. Perhaps the most interesting comment comes from mcmustang51, who feels that “Ford should bring that badge back, for hybrid or electric vehicles.” Brooklyn8828 believes that it should be applied to a “performance tuned line” or “special package.”

Then again, considering the original meaning of the crest, perhaps it really needs to land back where it all started. On the hood of the hard-working F-Series!

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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