Back in March 2022, The Blue Oval announced that the Ford F-150 would be heading to Australia, where it will join the the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500, which are already on sale in that truck-hungry market. There, a third-party company called RMA Automotive in Mickleham, Victoria, will complete the right-hand drive conversion on those pickups, with deliveries originally expected to begin back in October. However, that process hit a small snag at some point, though now, deliveries of the Australian Ford F-150 are officially underway, according to CarExpert.
To commemorate this special occasion, Ford held an event with a select lucky few owners at RMA’s facility, giving them a tour of how the RHD conversion process is completed. That building has the capacity to complete around 20 Ford F-150 conversions per day, each of which takes around 22 hours across three working days to switch over from left-hand drive to right-hand drive, with around 500 parts are either installed or modified.
As for available configurations, customers can choose from either the XLT or Lariat trims, in both short- and long-wheelbase form. However, only one engine choice is available – the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost – and as one might imagine, neither of these imported and converted models is what anyone might call cheap, with the XLT starting out at $106,950 AUS ($69,998 USD) and the Lariat touting a sticker price of $140,945 AUS ($92,234 USD) – and that’s before on-road costs are added.
In any event, there are some interesting quirks that set the Australian Ford F-150 apart as well, including the fact that the SecuriCode keyless keypad is still located on the left side, even though the driver will enter the right side, and the pickup won’t have a safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) when it launches, though it will be available with an array of accessories. Regardless, with interest proving strong so far, The Blue Oval isn’t ruling out doing more right-hand drive conversions for the Australian market in the future, too.