Purple Pickup: 1961 Ford F100 Unibody – SOLD!

May 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

May 25th Update – This Ford F100 Unibody we first featured on May 5th didn’t last long as the seller recently deleted his Craigslist post, so its safe to assume this truck has a new caretaker.  Good luck with the purchase!

Unloved by actual truck users when new, early sixties Ford F100 unibody trucks such as this example currently listed on Craigslist in Syracuse, New York have become a favorite of street machine builders due to their uninterrupted side body lines.  Currently offered at $12,500 by the private seller, of a review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for a stock example confirms this private seller has his F100 Unibody priced somewhere between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $15,200 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $8,200. 

When Ford debuted its fourth generation F-Series truck line for 1960, in addition to traditional separate Flareside beds, Ford introduced unibody trucks. These were originally named the “integrated pickup” and consisted of the cab and the bed into one continuous piece, with no gap between them.  The design required fewer stampings as the back of the cab served as the leading edge of the bed, less complicated assembly since the single-wall bedsides were spot-welded directly to the door sills, and the body had a less complicated path through the painting process.  This achieved cost savings in the manufacture of the truck, but the one-piece cab and bed body was still mounted to a traditional ladder-frame chassis.  Only two-wheel-drive F-100 and F-250 models used this one-piece construction.  Unfortunately, poor market reception, likely due to rumors that overloading these trucks caused the doors to jam shut, the unibody trucks were dropped midway through the 1963 model year.

Confident that just the pictures were enough for this truck, this Latin American ad for the 1961 Ford Truck line was an interesting way to advertise what was then a brand new truck line:

With the private seller’s consistent use of “good” in his brief description, this truck gives us the impression its a nice driver-quality street machine you can enjoy throughout the mild weather months.  While two shades of purple may not be everyone’s first choice of colors, the upgraded dual-circuit power brake system is usually a good sign of a quality build with attention to detail throughout.  We hope your in-person inspection confirms that.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1961 Ford F100 Unibody short bed, 400m engine, power brakes, power steering, new tires, body and frame in good condition, paint is in good condition, interior in good condition. $12500 or b/o.

Do you have a Ford F100 Unibody story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

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