History and F-Series Generations

Get the VIN from the dashboard (outside view, driver side).

  1. 1948-1952 – First generation (click for picture)
  2. 1953-1956 – Second generation (click for picture)
  3. 1957-1960 – Third generation (click for picture)
  4. 1961-1966 – Fourth generation (click for picture)
    Ford offered a unibody F-Series from 1961 through 1963 with a pickup bed integrated with the cab (similar to the Ford Ranchero).
    Ford also introduced several “special packages” in 1961. The Camper Special featured pre-wiring for the camper, heavy-duty transmission and engine cooling, and a larger alternator.
  5. 1967-1972 – Fifth generation (click for picture)
    Ford continued several “special packages”. In 1968, they introduced the Contractor’s Special and Farm and Ranch Special featured toolboxes and heavy-duty suspension; the Explorer Special was a lower-priced version of the Ranger trim level.
  6. 1973-1979 – Sixth generation (click for picture)
    Ford discontinued all of its previous “special packages” at the end of the 1979 model year.
  7. 1980-1986 – Seventh generation (click for picture)
  8. 1987-1991 – Eighth generation (click for picture)
    The Nite special edition was an monochromatic option package, featuring black paint and trim with a multicolor accent stripe. For 1991, it was exclusive to the regular-cab F150. For 1992, it was available on all bodystyles of the F-150. The Nite edition was available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive with either the 5.0L or 5.8L V8; it also included a sport suspension and alloy wheels on 235/75R15 white-letter tires.
  9. 1992-1997 – Ninth generation (click for picture)
    For 1992, the Nite special edition was available on all bodystyles of the F-150. Ford introduced the Eddie Bauer trim level for the 1994 F-150. In a fashion similar to the same trim packages on the Aerostar, Bronco, and Explorer/Bronco II, the Eddie Bauer edition consisted of outdoors-themed interior trim with two-tone exterior paint.
    Introduced as a 1993 model, the Ford SVT Lightning is a high-performance version of the F-150 produced by the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT).

      1996 Owner’s Manual
  10. 1997-2003 – Tenth generation (click for picture)
    From 2000 to 2012, the Harley-Davidson Edition was an option package available on the F-150. Primarily an appearance package featuring monochromatic black trim, from 2002 to 2003, the edition included a slightly detuned version of the supercharged 5.4L V8 engine from the SVT Lightning.
    In 2003, a 100th Anniversary Edition was produced on F-150 SuperCrews.

      1997 Owner’s Manual
      1998 Owner’s Manual
      1999 Owner’s Manual
      2000 Owner’s Manual
      2001 Owner’s Manual
      2002 Owner’s Manual
      2003 Owner’s Manual
  11. 2004-2008 – Eleventh generation (click for picture)
    Ford continued the Harley-Davidson Edition through the eleventh generation F150.
      2004 Owner’s Manual
      2005 Owner’s Manual
      2006 Owner’s Manual
      2007 Owner’s Manual
      2008 Owner’s Manual
  12. 2009-2014 – Twelfth generation (click for picture)
    From 2000 to 2012, the Harley-Davidson Edition was an option package available on the F-150. Primarily an appearance package featuring monochromatic black trim, from 2002 to 2003, the edition included a slightly detuned version of the supercharged 5.4L V8 engine from the SVT Lightning.
    In 2003, a 100th Anniversary Edition was produced on F-150 SuperCrews. After 2008, the option package adopted many of the options featured from the Platinum trim level, featuring leather seating produced from materials reserved for Harley-Davidson biker jackets.
    For 2012, the Harley-Davidson Edition was replaced by the Limited trim level.
    For 2010, Ford introduced its second high-performance truck, the SVT Raptor. In sharp contrast to the SVT Lightning, the Raptor is based on Ford’s 1000 baja truck, with modifications designed to improve its on-road performance while still including standard Fox suspension, and the most capable off-road, mass-produced vehicle available.
    For 2009, to replace the Mark LT, Ford moved into the luxury pickup truck segment with the Platinum trim level. The Platinum trim level combined much of the content and luxury features of the Mark LT with more subdued styling.
    For the 2014 model year, Ford introduced the F-150 Tremor. The Tremor was released as high-performance sport truck for street truck enthusiasts.

      2009 Owner’s Manual
      2010 Owner’s Manual
      2011 Owner’s Manual
      2012 Owner’s Manual
      2013 Owner’s Manual
      2014 Owner’s Manual
  13. 2015-present – Thirteenth generation (click for picture)
      2015 Owner’s Manual
      2016 Owner’s Manual
      2017 Owner’s Manual