First-Gen 1949 Ford F-1 Looks as Fresh Now as It Did Back in Its Day

It must have been a great time to be alive in the second half of the 1940s. World War 2 was over, people were happily rebuilding their lives and their planet, and carmakers all over were taking advantage of the lessons learned on battlefields to come up with innovative new products for civilian use.
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Ford’s F-Series was born back then, and it turned into a bloodline that endures to this day. And we don’t necessarily say that because it continues to be produced, but also because even the early examples of the breed are in high demand on the collector’s market. And proof of that, if one was needed, is the F-1 we have right here.

Built all the way back at the beginning of the F-Series breed, in 1949, it managed to make the journey over the decades thanks to the love and care of its owners. The truck is now part of the McClure Collection, created by NASCAR team owner Larry McClure, as it’s going under the hammer in early January in Kissimmee, Florida, in the hands of Mecum.

Coming to the scene pretty much in its original form, the pickup is as shiny as all loved cars are. It is wrapped in green paint on the body over a brown interior and rides on chrome wheels shod in Goodyear Wrangler HT tires. Under the hood, the truck packs a 239-ci (4.0-liter V8) of unknown power, and linked to a 5-speed manual transmission.

The Ford F-1 is not the only car from this particular collection being sold. The McLure Collection is parting ways with no less than 27 cars, ranging from 1940s Fords to a lot more modern models like the 1970s Chevrolet Chevelle SS. The auction house does not say how much it hopes to fetch for the truck we featured in this piece.
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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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