These are few of the 7 Ford Pickup Trucks America Never Got and the reason behind each vehicle are in detail.
The Falcon was the most well-known Ford pickup outside of the United States, and it dates back to the 1950s, when Ford of Australia began selling the first sedan-based pickups. The Falcon’s fortunes would change in the early 1970s when it received 1971 Ford Mustang styling and V8 engines, enabling the forefathers of modern hoons to burn rubber and indulge in general delinquency.
Although the first Falcon utes were relatively mild, the advent of the muscle car craze sparked a strange ute arms race. The Falcon Ute XR6 Turbo, with a turbocharged 4.0-liter inline-six linked to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, big wheels, and a sport-tuned suspension, was at the top of the list. The Falcon was also available as a cab chassis with a slightly more heavy-duty cargo bed from the factory (which we would totally modify with a tilt mechanism).
What number has a better ring to it than 150? Of course, there are a thousand. Ford sold the F-1000 family in Brazil for several years, beginning in 1979 and introducing turbocharging to this F-250-based platform in the early 1990s. We’re not going to threaten you with one of the F-1000’s more unusual layouts—just let’s say there are some trucks that you can’t avoid seeing. To react to your next query: No, the other side does not have a rear door, making this a two-door with a crew cab and a rather small bed.
Since diesel has always been common in Brazil, these were primarily available with oil burners from MWM Motores Diesel Ltda., a German company that was purchased by Navistar in 1985. The F-1000 trucks came with a 3.9-liter diesel engine, but a 3.6-liter diesel was also available. Turbodiesels were introduced in 1991, and the F-1000 nameplate remained in use until 1998.
Ford 3000 Leisure Bakkie
To show that there was such a thing as a Leisure Bakkie, we’ve included a brochure picture of the Ford 3000 Leisure Bakkie. We’re going to use Leisure Bakkie in a sentence now, just as in a spelling bee. “To get to the great outdoors, drive down the highway. In the Bakkie, which was built to meet your recreational needs, “The time’s ad copy beckoned. Another example of how to use Bakkie in a sentence is: “Built to get you where the action is, regardless of where you’re going or what you’re towing. Ford Leisure Bakkies are a type of vehicle manufactured by Ford. There’s one that matches your way of life.”
We’re not sure how we managed to survive without a Leisure Bakkie after reading this. Here’s what a Leisure Bakkie was like in real life: Ford sold small pickups in South Africa based on the European Ford Escort and Ford Cortina. The half-ton Bantam truck on the left is the Leisure Bakkie, while the Cortina-based one on the right has a 1-ton payload. The 3.0-liter engine in the Cortina-based Bakkie was close in size and layout to the Peugeot 504 pickup, which was also a major player in this segment.The segment itself did not really exist outside of Australia, South Africa, and certain South American countries—not counting things like the Ford Courier, which the US received for a very short period of time.
Since 1982, the Ford Pampa has been available in South American countries where very small pickups are legal (which is almost all of them). The Pampa, which was built in Brazil and was based on the Ford Del Rey and Corcel sedans and coupes, competed against Chevrolet Chevette pickup trucks (we’re not making this up) and Volkswagen entries.
The version shown above is one of the later models, with the 1.6- and 1.8-liter engines, though injection was added later, in the mid-1990s. Since the majority were front-wheel drive, they weren’t built for much off-roading, but they probably saw more off-roading than trail-capable trucks in the US. There was also a Ghia-inspired version.
What number has a better ring to it than 1,000? Of course, the 6-ton Ford truck built in Brazil was labelled with the number 4,000. The F-4000 was the base chassis, and it came in a variety of configurations with MWM Motores Diesel Ltda’s diesel engines. Just in case you thought these were Triton V8-powered monsters, four-cylinder diesel engines with direct injection were on the menu.How quickly can a four-cylinder diesel truck transport 6 tonnes of cargo? These trucks weren’t built for speed; they were almost entirely designed for agricultural use. The Cabine Dupla is the version shown above, except it only has two doors. On the topic of providing agricultural pickups with two rows of seating but just two doors, we’ll defer to Ford Brasil.
The Ford Ranger was discontinued in the United States in 2012, as a result of the better “value” provided by the F-150 pickup truck, but it was continued in other markets such as Australia and South America. The model was still based on the Mazda BT-50, which wasn’t available at your local Mazda dealer either.
The Ranger was available in two-door and four-door versions, with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine, a 2.2-liter diesel engine, and a 3.2-liter diesel engine for good measure. The main transmission was a five-speed manual, but six-speed manuals and six-speed automatics were also available. With the 2.2-liter diesel engine, it gets a combined fuel economy of 30 mpg. The Ranger came with side-curtain airbags, satellite navigation in case you got lost in the middle of the Outback, and Bluetooth communication.
The Bantam was based on the Ford Escort which later the Ford Fiesta, and was the smaller version of the “bakkies” offered in South Africa. While Australia had the ute, South Africa had a smaller version that didn’t use full-size American sedans as a starting point.
The Bantam above is one of the very last versions made, as production of the Fiesta-based versiojn ended in 2011. The Bantam boasted 1.3- and 1.6-liter engines, with the model above likely possessing the latter as it has a body-colored front bumper (the base 1.3 models often wore a black plastic front fascia). This is about as small a ute as one could get, and these were designed for one single market, even though other auto manufacturers have models very similar to this, primarily in South America.