Classic Ford pickups know how to draw attention anywhere they go. After all, they don’t get lost among the younger trucks on the street. Their timeless style and a healthy aftermarket, plus all the effort to build them, guarantee these treasures will be around for a long time to come.
One such gem is this emerald green 1956 F-100 heading down to Kissimmee, Florida in January, where it will sparkle on the red carpet of Mecum Auctions’ first big outing of 2022.
Currently a resident of Indiana, the F-100 would look amazing next the John Deere tractors of Mecum’s bi-annual Gone Farmin’ vintage truck and tractor extravaganza. Of course, a truck like this would be at home anywhere, from the farm to the market, as well as the street rod show ‘n’ shine.
Not to mention Holley’s annual Ford Fest down in Bowling Green. Unlike a lot of classic Ford builds using power from Chevrolet, this one’s got a proper Ford V8 under the hood, in the form of a 302 crate motor that’s been blueprinted and balanced. Connecting the 302 to the Ford 8-inch rear is a Ford C4 automatic. Ford Racing valve covers, Ford Motorcraft breathers, and Ford aluminum heads complete this all-Ford powertrain.
Inside the factory steel cab, the F-100 is a more comfortable place to be than when it left the factory all those decades ago. The seating is comprised of mint green leather and tweed, which extends to the doors, headliner, and sun visors. There’s an AM/FM with cassette player, a feature definitely not available in the Fifties. And of course, the whole package is dressed in metallic green with flames, chrome wire wheels, oak bed slats, and more chrome.
A truck like this F-100 has us pining away for spring already. Perhaps it’s the green paint complementing the green grass. Maybe it’s the classic looks recalling more pastoral days. No matter what, though, the lucky new owner of this Ford will have something for the warmer days ahead.
Source: Ford Truck Enthusiasts
Photos: Mecum Auctions