1986 Versus 2016: The Ford F-150 Through the Years
Ford Parts Supplier Charts the Changes
Thirty years ago, Whitney Houston dominated the Billboard Top 100 charts, boxer Mike Tyson became the youngest-ever heavyweight champion, and Tom Cruise blitzed across movie screens in the 1986 classic Top Gun. While that all sounds like prime big-hair nostalgia, one thing that hasn’t changed is America’s bestselling vehicle. Just like today, the most popular passenger car in 1986 was the Ford F-Series.
Blue Springs Ford Parts, a supplier of OEM Ford/Lincoln/Mercury parts and accessories, highlighted the similarities (and differences) between the 1986 Ford F-150 and its 2016 counterpart in this awesome infographic. While the trucks are separated by three decades, 180 hp, and 4,000 pounds of towing capacity, there’s no denying the family resemblance or similar, no-compromises sales mission.
Peruse the infographic at your leisure, but allow us to point out a few things. First, segment creep is a very real thing. For example, the Ford F-150 of 1986 could carry a payload of about 1,500 pounds. Today’s F-150 can carry 1,200 pounds more than that; at 2,730 pounds, the 2016 F-150’s payload rating rivals that of 1-ton trucks of the ’70s and ’80s. More evidence of segment creep lies in each truck’s suggested price. In 1986 money, the Ford F-150 XLT Lariat 4x4 sold for $13,519. Even at an inflation-adjusted $29,337, it’s clear that your money got you a bit further up the trim level chain in the ’80s than it does today.
Still, America loves its F-150, and so do we. And just looking at this infographic is making us hungry to find a nice work truck in the way of a beat-up 1986 Ford.