Holy Grail: 1956 Ford F100 Three Window V8 – $25,000 OBO
For many older truck enthusiasts, Ford’s second-generation F-Series pickups produced from 1952 through 1956 remain the brand’s most iconic design and for many traditional hot rodders, it remains the truck of choice for their dream build. Within this generation, the 1956 model is the most sought-after due to its one-year-only wrap-around windshield. We just spotted this V8-powered, rust-free example here on Craigslist in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania (Allentown) where the current caretaker is asking $25,000 or best offer. Researching the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the private seller has their F-100 priced between this guide’s #3 “Fair” estimate of $16,250 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $26,600. Similarly, using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a second data point confirms this private seller has his Ford priced between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $24,400 and the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $41,800.
Here’s the Hagerty Insurance take on this generation of Ford Pickups:
“Ford truck people went back to the drawing board five years after the F-1’s debut, this time shelling out a reported $30 million on what arguably represented Detroit’s earliest application of an ergonomic study—at least as far as truck development history is concerned. The result was the F-100, a milestone pickup if there ever was one.
A lot of design money was spent on the 1953 F-100’s “Driver Engineered” cab, which was created using the “Measuring Man,” a life-size model of Average Joe Trucker. “Driverized” features like improved control locations, sound deadener in the doors and an even wider seat guaranteed that Joe and his buddies would feel right at home. Also new was an enlarged one-piece windshield for added visibility.
A high-compression 223-cid OHV six-cylinder replaced the F-1’s 215-cid six in 1954. But more momentous that year was the appearance of Ford’s first modern OHV V-8, the 130-hp 239-cid “Y-block,” which finally superseded Henry’s good ol’ “flathead.”
The second generation of Ford’s F-Series truck line was one of the first post-war pickups to gain collector status as happy Ford owners began holding onto these trucks in the 1970s. As such a lot fewer were left to rot out on fence lines. A lot of these trucks, however, saw engine swaps and less than authentic restorations, which makes a bone stock example exceedingly rare today.
The most popular and unique year of this generation Ford is the 1956 model, as this was the only year of this generation that had a wrap-around windshield. While long-legged owners have to pay attention to ingress and egress lest they bash their knees into the door frame dogleg, the unique styling rules the day for everyone else.”
The US Auto Industry YouTube Channel currently features this vintage commercial of Ford’s 1955 F-100 line:
We’re kind of torn with this F100. While it’s in great shape, the non-original 292 V8 means this former cemetery truck will never be a candidate for concours-level restoration and yet the body is too good to start modifying it heavily into the classic hot rod pickup many of these ’56 vintage F100s receive. We hope the next caretaker decides to keep it and enjoy it as is. If you are serious about buying this classic Ford, you can start the conversation by emailing the private seller. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their F100 featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Rare one year only highly coveted body style 1956 Ford Pick-up Beautiful Red Exterior over a rust free orig steel arrow straight body, x-Cemetery truck hence low 39k chassis miles have some prior registrations (see pix), NOM 292 V-8 w/genny runs smooth and quiet, 4 speed w/granny gear, installed front disc brake conversion stops great, orig floors are rustfree were never touched (see pix), new shocks, air cleaner, new wheels and tires, windshield and lots more a real good driving truck tight/solid very hard to find a 56′ let alone in this great shape. Let these just taken pix speak for themselves. Price 25k obo.“
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