Trucks & Trends: Old Ford Trucks Appeal to Today’s Youth
For years, we’ve been told that young people want high-tech cars or even no cars at all. But that just isn’t true.
When it comes to cars and young people, we’ve heard all kinds of conflicting things from the media in recent years. We’ve heard that they prefer fancy high-tech electronics and all-electric vehicles. We’ve been told that they value smaller, more efficient transportation. Heck, we’ve even been spoon fed the idea that Millennials don’t even want cars. But in reality, young folks seem to have a thing for vintage Ford trucks.
The latest example of this phenomenon comes to us from Kokomo Perspective, which ran a fascinating article recently on the story of one young driver and his 1979 Ford F-150. Billy Sipes might only be roughly half as old as his pickup, but he fell in love with old Ford trucks at a young age. “We were out on a drive once, I was probably 7 or 8 years old, when I saw a green 1979 Ford F-150 truck. And I just liked it, fell in love with the body style and the look of the truck,” Sipes explained.
Sipes found his truck on Craigslist shortly thereafter. And he even helped his father and a family friend fix it up. Roughly a year later, the project was finished, even though Sipes couldn’t legally drive it. But once he could, his F-150 was the talk of his high school. “Just about every day, a teacher would come up and want to talk about the truck. Everybody who worked at the school and about all of the students knew who I was,” Sipes said.
It might go against everything we’ve been told, but we’re seeing more and more young folks like Sipes driving old Ford trucks these days. And why wouldn’t they? Simple, reliable, and easy to work on, these vintage rides hold plenty of appeal. No matter what generation you hail from!