1946 Ford Is a Beautiful Burnt Orange Nod to the Pickups From Before the Mighty F-Series

American carmaker Ford is, at least in its home country, the king of pickup trucks. The current range called F-Series, spearheaded by the half-ton F-150, has been at the top of the sales charts for years now, driving a market that seems to have an unending appetite for vehicles with a bed at the back.
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The F-Series family was born all the way back in 1948, and from that time it has been in continuous production, spanning a total of 14 generations, and currently selling in enough variations to satisfy all tastes.

The older versions of the current half-ton, especially the F-1 and F-100, still make the headlines today, restored and otherwise brought back to life by garages across America, which are always willing to make a buck from the locals' passion for well-baked pickups.

We don't get to see all that many pre-F-Series models, though, and that's why the one we have here immediately caught our attention.

Before the F-Series, meaning from 1942 to 1947, Ford ran a line of pickups that didn't earn a particular name other than… pickup. It was based on the Ford car of that era, which shared its underpinnings with coupes, convertibles, sedans, station wagons, you name it.

The early 1940s Ford pickup didn't particularly stand out back then, but some shops do find it a perfect platform for modern customs, and that's how we ended up with this build here. It's unclear who's responsible for it, but we sure do know we like it. A lot.

The classic design lines of the pickup are generally as they were, exacerbated by perfectly straight body panels, the long, chrome teeth of the radiator grille, and the equally shiny wheels of undisclosed dimensions it was propped on. The incredibly rich Burnt Orange paintwork, naturally, contributes to the wow effect the truck instantly has on the onlooker.

The white stripe tires spin on the ground under the power of a small block V8 engine of undisclosed capabilitiesd. It does come with a 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic transmission, and a dual exhaust system, so it should be in line with what we usually get from this kind of engine.

The interior is simple yet elegant, with the combination of the exterior color on the dashboard and black-gray everywhere else making for a very powerful statement as to the talents of the builders.

The 1946 Ford you're looking at now is listed by Mecum as part of its Dallas, Texas auction taking place at the end of the week. It does not come with an estimate on the expected price and, as far as we can tell, this is the first time the truck is up for sale. Until now, it was part of a collection called Don Johnson.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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