The Ford F250 has been around since the late 1940s and has been in recent years the highest selling vehicle and most profitable ford vehicle the company is producing, with over half of Ford’s income coming from the F series trucks. The F-250 is the bigger brother to the F-150, but still not quite as big as the others. Originally the F-250 was the F-2, or F-3, but later after the first generation the second generation had the names we’re all familiar with. From 1953 to 1956 the F-250 came with the option for an automatic transmission and was a 3/4 ton capacity and had a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of 7,400. The Engines used were the flathead V8 at 100 HP, the Straight Six at 101 HP, the Mileage Maker straight-6 at 115 HP, the Y-block with a HP of 130, the new Straight Six at a HP of 137, and finally the Y-block V8 – a whopping 173HP in 1956.
The third generation of ford F series trucks came to life in 1957 – and ended shortly after in 1960. The F-250 had a rating of 3/4 tons and 7,500 gross vehicle weight rating – and improvement of 100 from the previous generation. The engines were again the straight-6 at a HP of 137, the Y-block V8 at HP of 173 and a new and improved Y-block that totaled 186 HP. From 61 to 67 the fourth generation came into being with a whole new look and also a 4 door was introduced into the F series. The F-250 came in at the same rating as before – except the gross vehicle weight rating was back down to 7,400. The only real new engine introduced was the 208 HP FE V8. Another redesign followed in the fifth generation from 1967 to 72, with the F-250 coming in at a higher rating – back to 7,500 and one new engine to choose from – the 220 HP Windsor V8.
The Sixth Generation saw yet more redesigns and again carried the automatic transmission option, and the f-250 had a major upgrade to its GVWR at 8,100. Engines were varied and much too many to list, but two new ones were introduced into the mix. The 385 V8, and the Cleveland V8. The seventh generation started in 1980 and lasted until 1986 – a new design and the F-100 was dropped. The 250 remained as the 3/4 ton standard and remained at its current position. The 460 V8 was introduced – and it had a 245 HP capacity. After this came the Eighth generation from 87 to 91, and in it the 250 remained the 3/4 ton – but with a further expanded GVWR at 8,800. Generation nine from 92 to 96 saw a lowering of the GVRW rating for the F-250 and the larger array of engine options ranging upward to 240 HP with the Windsor V8 FI Lightning. The Tenth Generation lasted from 97 to 04 and saw a total overhaul of the outward appearance of the F series. The F-250 was split between the light and super duty design – being the only model to be in both. They were both 3/4 ton cap and they both maintained the 7,700 GVWR.
The Current Eleventh Generation saw yet another design change using the new P2 platform. There is no longer a F250 light duty – now only the 3/4 ton Super Duty remains. It can tow more than 11,000 lbs and has a capacity of 3050lbs for payload – it is the current F-250 model with no End of Production in sight.