Jim’s Blog: When Will Ford Trucks Have Their Day?

Classic trucks, specifically half-tons built between 1967 and 1972, are still hot in today’s market. But it seems that not all trucks were created equal.

The run-up in prices over the last five years has in large part been due to the popularity of GM’s truck twins in the aftermarket. Now that’s not to say that there are no valuable Fords out there, because that isn’t true. But when we’re talking models in general, and overall averages, Ford’s light duty line is still trailing a distant second to GM’s half-ton rigs. According to the ACC Premium Database, the current median price for Chevrolet is $23,100, compared to Ford’s $12,478. In 2017 and 2018, almost ten times as many Chevrolets sold at auction than Fords.

Frankly, it makes no sense. Ford’s F-100 is not that much different from Chevy’s C-10 in pretty much every way. Styling, suspension, and engine options are really the only main differences — and if you’re a buyer in the market for a piece of American truck history, and you can look past having that C-10 shape that it seems everyone wants, you could save yourself a lot of money by going with the blue oval over the bowtie.

But will that continue, or will the market wake up and realize that Ford’s rigs are just as good as GMs? If I were in the market for a classic truck right now, I’d be putting money down on a Ford — after all, if it gives you the same sort of experience, why pay the premium?

What do you think? Will Fords have their day, and when will we see that happen? Let me know in the comments below.