Decades before “built Ford tough” became a public declaration, the F-series ably bridged a gap for its manufacturer, bringing dependability, plenty of welcome cargo space and rugged good looks to work-oriented personal trucks. This 1956 Ford F-100 Stepside builds upon that legacy and features a few well-chosen modifications and great looking exterior that makes it equally at home on the boulevard as it would be as a worthy competitor on the local car show circuit.
As the F-series of personal trucks began to soar in popularity, Ford realized that they were onto a good thing and equipped the series' second generation - which this '56 closed out - with noticeably larger dimensions and stronger engines than its predecessors to make it even more capable at the work site. This F-100 was already a sharp looking workhorse when it rolled into action all those years ago, and a number of custom touches - a tastefully chopped cab, louvered hood, shaved door handles and a monochrome front grille being just a few - really make it stand out in a crowd. Its dark blue shade is just a couple of notches short of black and looks great, with a strong shine and even coloring, and the badgeless look on display here allows the paint to take center stage. The stance on this classic pickup strikes a nice balance - it's aggressively low, but not to such an extreme as to make every day driving impractical.