1956 Ford F100 'Side Step' Pickup (RHD)
Ford's classic F-series pick-ups and trucks have become a legend and are among America's favourite things on four wheels, outselling conventional passenger vehicles. The second-generation F-series was launched in 1953 and remained in production until 1956, featuring more integrated styling with a slant cab window, more passenger space and an anniversary horn button commemorating the 50th year of Ford pick-ups. The 1953 F-series was also the last year of the classic Flathead engine, with a new OHV V8 introduced the following year, although the L-head 215ci or 254ci sixes remained a popular choice, usually found with a three-speed gearbox. The Deluxe model came with six chrome spears in the grille along with additional chrome mouldings, while V8 models got a chrome emblem in the centre of the grille. The line-up was revised to include the half-tonne F100, the three-quarter tonne F250 and one-tonne F350, replacing the F-1, F-2 and F-3 models respectively. Today, the second-generation F100 Fords are keenly sought after by collectors for their classic style and have been a firm favourite of customisers around the world for many years. The number of surviving examples in Australia is relatively small, ensuring values remain solid into the future.