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Ford celebrates 100 years of truck-building history

by John Bambridge on Aug 1, 2017


The original Ford Model TT from 1917.
The original Ford Model TT from 1917.
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On 27 July, Ford Motor Company marked 100 years to the day since it produced its first truck, the Model TT, based on the hugely successful Model T car.

The year was 1917, and nine years on from the release of the Model T, and Ford’s customer were demanding a vehicle that was tougher and more capable than anything that had gone before.

Ford responded by developing the Model TT, which was able to haul a payload of one tonne and was originally sold as a chassis only, with buyers supplying their own body.

Ford went on to sell almost 1.3 million units, until it was replaced in 1928 by the Model A and AA pickup, paving the way for its growth into the world’s leading supplier of pickup trucks.

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