The year 1948 marked the beginning of a legend, as that’s when Ford introduced the first F-Series light duty trucks. Known as the Ford F1, Ford referred to the trucks as “Bonus Built”. The same truck, when constructed in one of the sixteen Canadian F-Series factories, was known as the Ford F47.
The F-Series trucks were completely different from the those they replaced, which had been built on car-based chassis. The bodywork was all new, with integrated headlights, a single piece windshield, and cabs that were wider, longer and taller. There were rubber mounts between the cab and frame to minimize frame flex. The grille had an art deco look with five vertical slats.
Our feature Ford F47 is equipped with a Flathead V8, three-speed manual transmission, aftermarket power steering, and finished in Vermillion Red over a brown leather bench seat interior. It has been the subject of a thorough restoration. The paint presents quite well, with substantial gloss that would indicate considerable care in prep and execution. Chrome bumpers look to have been re-plated. The plentiful stainless trim is well polished and gleams in the light. Painted steel wheels wear polished hub caps and are wrapped in wide white wall bias-ply tires.
Inside the cab of the Ford F47, the full-width bench seat is covered in brown leather. The black steering wheel is free from cracking, and has likely been restored. The dash is painted the same red hue as the exterior. Gauges are all bright with crystal clear lenses. Door panels are painted metal, and the black floor is covered with a cab-width black rubber mat. Everything has been repainted and restored to showroom condition.
Under the Ford F47’s hood resides the venerable 226 cubic-inch Flathead V8, producing 95 horsepower. It’s mated to a three-speed manual transmission sends power to the rear wheels. The engine bay is reasonably clean and correct, with the heads finished in light blue.
This Ford F47 is offered by Garage Kept Motors for $42,900.
Today, the F-Series is a perennial best-seller in the pickup truck segment, consistently outselling all rivals, and this first-year example is quite the interesting vehicle.