1975 Ford F150 Pickup - $29,900
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So here it is with just over 12,000 miles on the clock and looking like it’s autumn of 1975 instead of autumn 2020.

Sometimes the unremarkable can become amazing due to nothing other than time. Take this 1975 Ford F150 pickup, for instance: they built tens of thousands of them and most of them worked for a living. You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing one of these hard-working pickups doing its job on farms and in lumber yards across the country. So why is this one amazing? How about 12,590 original miles? How about so untouched that it’s still sitting on its original tires? How about a virtually new 1975 Ford pickup that gives us an ideal glimpse into what working-class vehicles were really like four-and-a-half decades ago.

This handsome Ginger Metallic F150 was originally purchased by the Stetson company (you know, the guys who make those awesome hats) for advertising and promotion. It was actually for Stetson cologne, but that’s beside the point. They used it in some capacity for a few years, then stashed it away in a warehouse for a few more years until it was sold unceremoniously when the building in which it was being stored was sold. Two subsequent owners realized they had something interesting, so they didn’t drive it much and pretty much preserved it in its natural state for about 40 years. Sometime in the ‘90s, someone added an upgraded stereo and the most recent owner added a new dual exhaust system in anticipation of driving it, but he ultimately realized that the most amazing thing about this truck was its preservation. So here it is with just over 12,000 miles on the clock and looking like it’s autumn of 1975 instead of autumn 2020.

That is unquestionably factory-applied Medium Ginger Metallic paint, showing what OEM finishes looked like in the ‘70s. It does have a nice, soft shine that you probably couldn’t replicate today using modern finishes, and our paint thickness meter shows 3-5 mils throughout, so it’s unquestionably factory paint. The orange stripes—more ‘70s awesomeness—are also apparently factory-applied, although they’re decals so you can remove them or replace them as you like. The truck has a purposeful, unadorned look and there are more than a few of us who distinctly remember the familiar Ford exterior door handles and those high-mounted parking lights up front. There are no notable blemishes, no dings, no touch-ups, and certainly no rust, although a few signs of age shouldn’t be surprising. There’s some light checking in one or two of the decal panels and the horizontal surfaces aren’t quite as shiny as the vertical areas simply because it was stored for many years. Chrome, stainless, and other brightwork remains excellent and even the bed is virtually unmarked, because, of course, it never had to work a day in its life (a brand new drop-in bedliner is included with the truck). Even the dealer-installed rear bumper is in great shape.

The interior should tell you all you need to know about the veracity of the mileage claims. It’s pretty much as-new throughout. Tan seat covers are unmarked, door panels aren’t cracked or delaminating, floor coverings are bright and well-detailed, and just look at those gauges! There’s zero wear on the brake and accelerator pedals, which is a tell-tale sign of high mileage, and even the steering wheel doesn’t have any cracks or splits in the 45-year-old plastic rim. Everything works, the dash lights are bright, and all the controls have that crisp, precise feeling that new stuff has but eventually loses. There aren’t many options, since A) this was 1975 and trucks were still for work not fashion, and B) it was being used for advertising and promotions, so nobody had to live in it every day. The aforementioned upgraded stereo head unit works properly, but if this were mine to keep, I’d find an original AM radio and stick it back in there. Heck, just look at how supple and clean the seat belts are!

The engine is a truck-only 360 cubic inch V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor, denoted by a Y as the 4th digit of the VIN. Based on the FE series of engines (same as the 352 and 390), it makes respectable numbers: 196 horsepower and 327 pounds of torque. In the relatively lightweight F150, performance is lively and that new dual exhaust system might add a few horsepower along the way. More significant than the performance, however, is the incredible factory detail—check out the original Ford Blue engine enamel, assembly markings, decals, and even the original cosmoline on the inner fenders. Even the little stuff is right, including hose clamps, wiring, and even the original jack assembly clamped to the inner fender. Power steering and power brakes make it easy to handle and were probably standard equipment by 1975, and it has been recently serviced with new ignition components.

The undercarriage offers a light dusting of undercoating that was probably applied by the dealer back in 1975, but nothing is hidden. Cab corners, inner rockers, the areas inside the bed sides, all completely solid and rust-free. Ford’s C6 3-speed automatic transmission is pretty much indestructible, as is the 9-inch rear end, which is full of 3.00 gears, making this F150 a very easy cruiser. The twin I-beam front suspension was a Ford trademark for decades and appears to still have its original shocks and by 1975, front disc brakes were standard equipment. That new dual exhaust system has a nice, mellow tone, and it’s quite likely that is the original spare tire hanging out back. Factory steel wheels and OEM hubcaps that do a decent impersonation of Magnum 500 wheels are wrapped in what are quite likely the original H78-15 Firestone whitewall tires.

Vehicles like this are invaluable to future collectors and restorers, showing everyone exactly how the cars and trucks of the past were actually finished. This awesome F150 is a shoo-in for preservation class judging and for Ford fans this a rare find. For a trip back in time to see how things really were, nothing beats a low-mileage original truck just like this. Call today!

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Vehicle: 1975 Ford F150 Pickup
Price: $29,900
Stock Number: 117086
Mileage: 12,590 (authentic)
VIN: F15YLX43984
Engine: 360 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3
Wheelbase: 133 inches
Wheels: 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
Tires: H78-15 Firestone whitewall
Exterior Color: Medium Ginger Metallic
Interior Color: Tan vinyl
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