1956 Ford F-100 Half Ton / Specs, Photos and More

Featured in this article is a fine looking 1956 Ford F-100 Half Ton Pickup. This is a milestone vehicle which incorporated some new styling and more options.

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1956 Ford F-100

The F-1 Becomes the F-100

The second generation Ford F-Series were redesigned for 1953 with a more integrated look. The second generation F-100 also had a longer wheelbase, with longer front and rear leaf springs to improve ride smoothness. The front suspension was moved back to give a tighter turning radius.

The year 1953 also was Ford's 50 Year Anniversary. On the F-100, it was the horn button that designated Ford's Golden Anniversary with a special gold rim that was lettered with "50th Anniversary 1903-1953." Of major significance for 1953, Ford changed the names of the various pickup models. The F-1 became the F-100, the F-2 and F-3 now became the F-250, and the F-4 now became the 1-ton F-350. The second generation F-Series offered options such as a dome light, lighter, arm rests, sun visors and even a radio.

The 1953 new second generation model offered a much better windshield area which was some fifty-five percent larger. Also, the glass was curved rather than flat. The rear window stretched the entire width of the cab adding a greatly improved rear view and the side window ledges were lowered to better help drivers during parking. You could also have the choice of the Standard cab or the Deluxe cab. The Deluxe offered stainless drip rail molding, a sun visor on the passenger side, driver and passenger armrests, a cigar lighter, chrome vents window moldings, twin horns, foam padding for the seats and chromed grille "teeth."

1950's ford trucksThe 1956 Ford F-100

The 1956 F-100 is of the second generation which went from 1953 through 1956. The 1956 F-100 is a one year body design which was made to compete against Chevy's Task Force Pickups.

Chevy's new trucks were good looking vehicles and offered a new V-8 adding big competition to Ford. . The 1956 F-100 was built with vertical windshield pillars and wrap around windshield. This differed from the sloped pillars and angled windshield of the 1953-55 models. The 1956 F-100 also offered a larger wrap around back window as an option. Also, in 1956, seat belts became an option and beginning that model year Ford offered the very rare "Low GVWR" (gross vehicle weight rating) versions of each of it's models.

The 1956 F-100 also had electric windshield wipers as opposed to the vacuum operated and the electrical system went from six to twelve volts. The 1956 model had a redesigned dashboard and a Ford Lifeguard Steering Wheel which placed the center hub further away from the driver's chest which added to driver safety.

1956 Ford F-100 Pickup Specifications

The 1956 F-100 was built with a standard 223 cubic inch Mileage Maker Inline Six which delivered 137 horsepower. There were three engine versions of the 272 cubic inch V-8 offered as an option. These were a light-duty with a 2-barrel carburetor, a heavy-duty with a 2-barrel carburetor, and a heavy-duty with a 4-barrel carburetor putting out 167 horsepower.

Three transmissions were available for 1956...a three, four or five speed manual and an automatic. The automatic, the "Ford-O-Matic" option for 1956 was the first time in history a Ford truck was available with an automatic transmission.

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More window visibility for the 1956 F Series Trucks

Front  suspension were an I Beam front axle and leaf spring and rear were a semi-elliptic six-spring design.

Front and rear brakes were hydraulic drum.

Total Ford F-100 production for 1956 was 137,000 units.

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Reference material for this article includes...Pickup Trucks : A History of the Great American Vehicle by Justin Lukach.....Ford Truck Chronicle by Auto Editors of Consumer Guide.....Ford Pickup Trucks, 1948-56 : Development History and Restoration Guide by Paul G. McLaughlin.

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1956 Ford F-100 Collector Values

All pickup trucks from the 1950's are popular collector vehicles. Many changes occurred especially during the early 1950's as with the second generation Ford F-Series Trucks. Designs were more modern looking and new more powerful engines were being introduced.

Values for the 1956 Ford F-100 range all the way from $20,000 to $50,000 depending on overall condition, originality, mileage and degree and date of restoration.

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Great Looking 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe / Specs and More

Our featured automobile is the 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe.

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1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe

The 1946 Ford like other automobiles produced right after the end of World War Two were for the most part designs from 1941 and the limited 1942 cars. It was no secret that during the war years, designers were working on military projects.

When the war ended the only basic designs at hand were those from before the war. Those were used and some cosmetic touches were added. The demand for new automobiles by the public was immense so whatever rolled off the assembly line was sold.

This pent up demand was good news for the automakers. Many of them struggled to stay afloat and make a profit during the Depression years of the 1930's only to have civilian car production stopped on February 1st of 1942 due to America's entry to the war. Being out of civilian car production for three to four years, there was some catching up to do.

Ford Began Civilian Car Production after the War

Ford Motor Company was the first American automaker to start production after the war's end. The fine looking 1946 Ford Coupe shown in this article is an excellent example. The first 1946 Ford came off the assembly line as early as June 1945. One of the changes on this rare 1946 Ford is the horizontal grille layout. The hood was also widened and had a center strip. The new larger engine was a 239 cubic inch V-8 delivering 100 horsepower. This same engine before World War Two began had been put into Mercurys. Another 90 horsepower engine was offered that is described in the specifications section of this article.

ford super deluxe coupeModels Offered

For 1946 Ford offered to trim lines...the Deluxe and Super Deluxe. The Special model was dropped for 1946. The 1946 Fords were base priced at around $1,100 or a bit more for a six cylinder version and it was said that a buyer might have been inclined to pay another few hundred dollars under the table, because of the enormous demand, to get one quick from a dealer. The 1946 convertible model had a base price tag of around $1,400.

Ford produced a total of 468,000 vehicles for the 1946 model year. Out of this amount 16,300 were convertibles. The largest model segment were two door sedans of which Ford built 163,000. Ford built 720 Sportsman Convertible models with their wood side paneling.

The Sportsman model was introduced at a time when steel was still in short supply. Ford began post war production so early that wood was more attainable than steel thus the Sportsman's wood side panels.

1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe Specifications

The 1946 Ford had a 239 cubic inch V-8 L-Head engine delivering 100 horsepower. Also offered and the one in our featured automobile was a 225 cubic inch six cylinder engine delivering 90 horsepower. Fuel consumption for both engine versions was rated just under 14 MPG.

A three speed column shift manual transmission was the only transmission available for 1946 models.

Brakes were drum front and back.

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46 Ford Super Deluxe dashboard

The car's wheelbase was 114.0 inches The car's length was 197.8 inches, width 73.4 inches and height 66.1 inches.

Vehicle weight averaged around 3,050 lbs.

Suspension front and rear consisted of transverse leaf springs.

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1946 Ford Coupe Collector Values

1946 Ford automobiles are relatively rare. The very low production of 1946 Sportsman models make them extremely rare.

post war ford carsDepending on the model, Deluxe or Super Deluxe and the car's condition, restored or not restored, how many original parts are still on the car, the prices asked can have a wide range.

As of this writing, a 1946 Super Deluxe Convertible in finely restored condition sold for $35,000. Some asking proces for these convertibles may even get into the high $50,000 and low $60,000 area. A 1946 Ford Two Door Sedan sold at auction for $18,700. A Ford Super Deluxe Business Coupe sold for $25,000. You'll also see asking prices for these models into the mid to high $30's. Several other 1946 Ford Super Deluxes are price between $18,000 and $20,000. A 1946 Ford Woody Wagon of which very few were manufactured has an auction asking price of over $90,000. You'll find that prices asked vary greatly on condition and originality.

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1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS / Model History, Photos, More

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1974 DeTomaso Pantera

The car featured in this article is a stunning 1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS. The DeTomaso Pantera was originally introduced in Modena, Italy and was on display at the New York Auto Show in 1970.

The Pantera began as a joint venture between the Ford Motor Company and De Tomaso Automobili

The Pantera was initially designed to "Ford specification" for the average American driver and to a price point and level of trim that made it competitive in the American sports car market<

DeTomaso Modena S.p.A.

Although DeTomaso Modena S.p.A. is an Italian car company, Alejandro DeTomaso was not Italian, he was born in Argentina. His family was very wealthy; his father was a prominent politician and his mother was a member of the Ceballos family, one of Argentina's oldest and wealthiest families, with vast land holdings originally granted to the family by the King of Spain.

detomaso pantera italian sports carThe logo DeTomaso used for his automobile company was a tribute to his home country of Argentina and his family heritage. The blue and white stripes of the logo's background are the colors of the national flag of Argentina. The symbol in the foreground that looks like a letter "T" is the branding symbol of the Ceballos estate where Alejandro grew up.

Today De Tomaso Automobili S.p.A. operates as an automaker for prototypes and sports cars. Their product line still includes the two-door, mid-engine Vallelunga, Mangusta and Pantera.

The First DeTomaso

The Vallelunga was the first DeTomaso car made, right before the Mangusta. It was the comapany's first road going model. It is thought that only a few dozen Vallelungas survive today, their ownership being a worldwide but small group of enthusiasts.

The DeTomaso Pantera

The DeTomaso Pantera is a mid-engine automobile that was produced by the DeTomaso car company in Italy from 1971-1991. During this two decade run there were 7,000 units built. The Pantera was designed by the firm, Ghia, and replaced the Mangusta model. Ghia stylist Tom Tjaarda styled the new supercar, and Giam Paolo Dallara was engaged for chassis and production design. The Pantera is a true supercar and is considered one of the finest ever produced.

Imported to the U.S. By Ford Motor Company

Ford was in need of a sport car to compete directly with the Chevy Corvette and import automobiles like Ferrari. Before Ford became involved with DeTomaso and the Pantera they had tried and failed to buy Ferrari. This new relationship gave Lee Iacocca and Ford a mid-engine sports car.

Ford imported a little over 1,000 Pantera's for the 1971 model year. The Pantera's were built with Ford's "Cleveland" 351 V-8's. The cars were placed on display and sold at Lincoln-Mercury dealers. Ford sold about 5,500 units before they ceased importation at the end of 1974. At that point DeTomaso took over the Pantera project himself and production continued for markets other that the U.S.

Three years after the model's introduction, by 1974, several improvements had been made to the Pantera but none was more essential than the addition of the Ford 351 Cleveland V-8 engine with four-bolt mains, a higher-performance cam and reduced compression to comply with U.S. emission standards.

1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS Specifications

Engine on the 74 Pantera was a Ford "Cleveland" 351 Four Barrel V-8 delivering 325 horsepower. Zero to 60 was rated at 6.5 sec.

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Pantera's rear supercar styling

Gearbox was a German manufactured ZF model 5DS-25 five speed manual.

Brakes were four wheel disc.

Overall length was 168.1 inches, width 74.8 inches and a wheelbase of 99.0 inches. Curb weight 3,020 lbs.

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Pantera dashboard

DeTomaso Pantera Collector Cars

Pantera's have been steadily increasing in value. These American/Italian supercars are considered very rare and have increased much in popularity. Ford had originally wanted 5,000 Pantera's imported per year but for a variety of reasons they never received near that amount. One reason was that the German company supplying the gearboxes could not produce the numbers needed. For both DeTomaso and for the gearbox supplier this high volume of production asked for by Ford was totally new.

The new car price for a 1974 model GTS was about $15,500.

As of this writing, valuations for the 1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS range from about  $50,000 to $125,000, low to high retail.

For DeTomaso Pantera enthusiasts, owners or prospective owners, plenty of information including forums, news and more can be found at www.poca.com   This is the site for the Pantera Owners Club of America.

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