For 1949, Ford restyled its car line for the first time since the war, but because it didn't include a Sedan Delivery model, the truck line was not affected. What the Ford truck line did get, however, were a couple of new stand-up Parcel Delivery vehicles.
All trucks shared the same corporate "face" of the 1948 redesign, regardless of chassis setup or weight class. So even vehicles such as this new-for-'49 Ford Parcel Delivery chassis, which started with just a front end and windshield (the body being added by an aftermarket supplier), could easily be identified as a Ford.
A restored 1949 Ford F-1 Panel Truck shows this captivating workhorse in all its original glory.
The passenger seat was an option on the 1949 Ford F-1 Panel Truck.
A generation of postwar baby boomers remember the ringing bell that accompanied the summertime arrival of the Good Humor truck. Most of these mobile ice cream trucks were Ford F-1 Chassis with Windshield models fitted with a special icebox.
Perhaps one of the classic pickups of all time, the Ford F-1 truck was a study of simplicity with style. Unlike some earlier Ford trucks, there was no external badging to indicate this restored example carries a V-8 rather than the standard six.
Looking back over the decade, Ford faced financial troubles and fought back with successful new products. Though the 1940s will always be remembered as "The War Years," Ford produced some vehicles that would long be remembered as well.
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