Custom Cab: 1961 Ford F100 Unibody Pickup

August 9, 2023 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this vehicle to our “Buy Now or Make an Offer” page. 

GuysWithRides.com is pleased to offer Lot 237, a rare and unmodified 1961 Ford F100 “Unibody” pickup truck, in an online, reserve-style auction for the current caretaker.

Bidding opened Wednesday, July 26, 2023, and will close two weeks later at 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, August 9, 2023.

This 1961 Ford F100 Unibody currently resides in Verona, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

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The Deets

Year 1961
Make Ford
Model F100 Unibody
Location Verona, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)
Mileage
VIN
Exterior Color Light Blue and White
Interior Color Light Blue annd White
Engine 160 horsepower 292 cu in V8
Transmission Fordomatic two-speed automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Gas

High Bid: $700 (Reserve Not Met)

1961 Ford F100 Unibody For Sale

Ford produced its fourth-generation F-Series pickup and commercial truck line for the 1961 through 1966 model years. Lower and wider than the previous generation, the fourth-generation F-Series marked several design changes to the F-Series, distinguished by bedsides matching the hood line and window sill in height. The model line returned to two headlights, a change that remained in place for over 50 years.  Along with the traditional separate Flareside beds, Ford introduced unibody trucks for the 1961 model year.

Ford marketers originally named the unibody models the “integrated pickup” that consisted of the cab and the bed welded into one continuous piece, with no gap between them.  The design required fewer stampings, such as the back of the cab served as the leading edge of the bed, less complicated assembly, such as the single-wall bed sides were spot-welded directly to the door sills, and the body had a less complicated path through the assembly plant’s paint shop.  This achieved cost savings in manufacturing the truck despite the one-piece cab and bed body still being mounted to a traditional ladder frame chassis. Only two-wheel-drive F-100 and F-250 models used this one-piece construction. This was intended to make the truck appear more refined and less utilitarian.

Underneath its stylish exterior, the Unibody retained the chassis and suspension components from the previous F-Series trucks. Its ladder frame construction made of steel provided the necessary strength and durability for heavy-duty hauling and towing.

The 1961 F100 Unibody was available with various engine options, typical of Ford trucks of that era. These engines included inline-six cylinders and V8s, with displacement options ranging from 223 cubic inches to 292 cubic inches. Depending on the buyer’s preference, these engines were mated to either a three-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic transmission. The F100 unibody offered here features the desirable 292 cubic inch V8 mated to the column-shifted automatic transmission.  Inside the cabin, the Unibody featured a straightforward and functional layout aimed at providing a comfortable driving experience.

Despite its novel design and effort to blend style with utility, the 1961 F100 Unibody pickup faced some challenges in the market. Traditional truck buyers, particularly those who needed the versatility of a longer bed, were hesitant to adopt this new design. As a result, Ford discontinued the Unibody after only two years of production.  Despite its brief production run, the 1961 Ford F100 Unibody pickup truck holds a special place in automotive history. It marked a significant departure from traditional truck design and paved the way for more car-like features in future truck models. Today, surviving examples of the 1961 F100 Unibody are cherished by collectors and enthusiasts for their unique design and historical significance in the evolution of pickup trucks.

The current caretaker of this 1961 Ford F100 Unibody for sale reports their rare pickup truck spent most of its life on the rust-free west coast.  Described by the seller as “a good straight truck,” the seller notes that most recently, he drove the truck three hundred miles round trip to a recent show without issue. In addition to featuring an eight-foot-long bed, the seller notes his F100 Unibody features its original 292 cubic inch V8 mated to a rare-for-the-period column-shifted three-speed automatic.

The seller notes his truck features a dealer-installed air conditioning system.  While still pressurized, the seller notes that it likely needs a fresh condenser in order to work properly. Other work completed during the seller’s ownership includes a front suspension refresh as well as new spring shackles. The seller notes these updates provide a vintage Ford F100 Unibody that drives straight and true down the road.

Even more appealing is the fact this 1961 Ford F100 Unibody features the desirable Custom Cab trim option that included the following upgrades:

  • Twill Stripe vinyl upholstery with thicker foam cushions set off by a two-tone interior that matches the exterior paint choice.
  • Chrome-trimmed instrument cluster
  • White steering wheel with chrome horn ring
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Additional insulation
  • Driver side door armrest
  • Passenger side sun visor
  • Bright metal grille and door-mounted “Custom Cab” chrome script

This a rare opportunity to purchase an unmodified 1961 Ford F100 unibody that features the desirable power train as well as the promise of dealer-installed air conditioning once repaired.

The seller provided this group of pictures. Click on one to expand the gallery.

If you have any questions about this 1961 Ford F100 Unibody Pickup Truck For Sale, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

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