1975 Ford F150 (Specs And Features)

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The introduction of the Ford F 150 in 1975 started a revolution in the truck world that would become a 46-year legacy. Let’s review the 1975 Ford F 150.

The 1975 Ford F-150 was a heavy-duty half-ton truck that Ford introduced into the sixth generation of the F-Series. The truck was powered by four different engine choices, a 300 ci inline six that was standard, and three V8 choices (360 ci, 390 ci. 460 ci). The cabs came in Regular and Supercab.

Stuck in a never-ending recession, with an economy crippled by rising inflation, rampant unemployment, and dwindling savings, many families longed for something more in 1975. Even as the unpopular war in VietNam drew to a close, consumers pulled back on spending. An oil embargo that sent fuel prices skyrocketing was still fresh in the public mind. (Even the Captain and Tenille singing that love would keep us together could not boost the American conscience). Ford had been losing ground to the Chevy C-10, as owners abandoned the outdated F100 pickup truck as too weak and inefficient. The solution was to introduce a major change - a new half-ton truck with heavier springs and more robust engines that could handle more work. Little did Ford know that the development of the new F150 would grow to become the bestselling truck of all time. What makes the 1975 Ford F150 so special? As a lover of classic trucks, let’s stroll down memory lane to revisit the beginning of Ford light truck history.

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The Features of the 1975 Ford F 150

Ford continued to offer the F100 pickup truck, but it also seriously committed to manufacturing the F150. According to production numbers, 101,875 units of the F150 were made, compared to over 226,000 F100s. Most of the F150s were Regular Cabs, although about 20k SuperCabs were made. Ford did not offer the new pickup in four-wheel drive, but did offer it on the F100 and F250. Owners could order a Styleside pickup box or Flareside version of the F150, but the “Shorty” (Flareside box with a 6.5’ bed) was unavailable.


Even though the F 150 was a new vehicle, Ford utilized the basic design of the popular F series that it had fashioned in 1973. The truck offered a solid, straightforward look with very few curves. The exception was the concave body character line from the front fender’s side marker lights across the door and along the body sides to the back bumper. (Truck enthusiasts would use the term “dentside” to describe these trucks). Owners could opt for bright body-side moldings on the two top trim levels, the Ranger and Ranger XLT.

The split grille continued to give the F-Series a menacing front-end appearance. The iconic Ford lettering was situated just under the hood lip, and the oversized hood curved over the front, shadowing the grille. Front turn signals fitted into the front right above the round headlights recessed into Chrome inserts. A chrome front bumper shined from the front for added effect.

The truck cab structure dated back to Regular Cab and Super Cab configurations (the extended cab having been added the year before). While most of the F150s were single two-door models, Ford did make about one-quarter of the production line with the new Super Cab doors that allowed additional rear seat space for passengers or cargo.

The cargo box length varied depending on what cab you wanted. The Super Cab (Styleside) was offered with a 6.5’ or 8’ long bed, while the Regular Cab only came with an 8’ cargo area. Ford used the exact measurements of width (50.8”) and length (98.2”) as the F100, but all the Supercab long bed did was confuse potential buyers. A central one-hand tailgate latch gave customers ease when loading from the rear. Ford did increase the GVW for the Ford F 150 to 6200 lbs, which was a considerable improvement over the 4750 the F100 offered.

Ford offered their trucks in 16 different color choices, with hues like Parrot Orange, Candyapple Red, Raven Black, or Bahama Blue. Ford offered choices for owners to have colored paint on the upper portion of their truck, with four different two-tone packages to choose from. The Ranger XLT came with upgraded wheels.


While the 4.9L 300 ci inline-six was the standard engine, Ford offered three other V8 engines. Ford had used the FE 360 and 390 V8s for years (1961), but they had run their course and were beginning to be phased out. (Ford would shift to the 351M and 400 V8s in 1977, dropping the FE engines).

4.9L 300 ci. Six-cylinder 150 hp @ 4000 rpm 275 lb/ft @ 2400 rpm
5.9L 360 ci V8 196 hp @ 4000 rpm 327 lb/ft @ 2500 rpm
6.4L 390 ci V8 201 hp @ 4000 rpm 376 lb/ft @ 2600 rpm
7.5L 460 ci V8 365 hp @ 4600 rpm 485 ft/lb @ 2800 rpm


The 3-spd manual was the standard transmission, although Ford offered a 4-spd manual and the Cruise-O-Matic as optional features.


The Twin I-beam suspension continued to be used on Ford trucks allowing for a smoother ride and better steering control. Ford had been using the suspension system since 1965, so they had a decade of experience with it and would continue to use it until 1996 on F150s and 2016 on two-wheel drive F250s and F350s.


The Ford F150 came in three trim levels, Custom, Ranger, and Ranger XLT. The top tier was the Ranger XLT, which included wall-to-wall carpeting (including the back cab wall). Upgraded color-coordinated seating surfaces and wall panels gave an intimate feel, while the wood-grained moldings offered luxury like many other Ford cars. (Bucket seats were not available). More notable elements were the side door map pockets, a convenience package with a locking glove box, ashtray courtesy lights, a large rear view mirror, and even a tinted windshield.

The lower two trim levels offered good basics, including 7 inches of foam on the seat bottoms (5 inches on the seat back). Insulation was added to help insulate against road noise, and the large steering wheel offered easy access to easy-to-read gauges.

Power brakes were standard, but power steering was optional. For the 1975 model year, two notable elements: a new speed control button (an early version of cruise control offered on the 7.5L 460 ci V8 only) and a new fuel warning light offered for the first time. (The Federal government would mandate that all vehicles be equipped with a seatbelt warning light, but most of the 75s bypassed it, as Ford installed it in the next year’s production).

Other options included an AM/FM radio with a speaker in each door. (A basic AM radio was standard). Air-conditioning was an option, with movable levers for directional control. A simple ground-level toolbox was inserted on the curbside of many Stylesides, and a cargo box cover could be purchased. (Ford did not offer Camper packages on the F100 or 150 but reserved them for larger class trucks like the F250 and 350).

The Specs For The 1975 Ford F 150

Rear Axle Max Weight 3750 lbs
Power Brakes Standard
GVW 6050 lbs (4 X 2)
6400 lbs (4 X 4)
Alternator 40 amp
Battery (12 volts) 45 amps
Engine 300 ci inline six-cylinder
360 ci inline V8
390 ci inline V8
460 ci inline V8
Horsepower 300 ci - 150 hp @ 4000 rpm
360 ci - 196 hp @ 4000 rpm
390 ci - 201 hp @ 4000 rpm
460 ci - 365 hp @ 4400 rpm
Torque 300 ci - 275 ft/lb @ 2400 rpm
360 ci - 327 ft/lb @ 2500 rpm
390 ci - 376 ft/lb @ 2600 rpm
460 ci - 485 ft/lb @ 2800 rpm
Bore 4.0 “ (Inline Six)
4.05 “ (360, 390 V8)
4.35 “ - 460 ci V8
Compression Ratio 8.0:1 (300 ci)
8.4:1 (360 ci)
8.6:1 (390 ci)
8.5:1 (460 ci)
Transmission 3-spd manual (std)
4-spd manual w overdrive
Transfer Case NP203 (4x4)
Power Steering Optional
Payload Capacity 2245 lbs (Reg. Cab)
2085 lbs (Super Cab - 6.5’)
2150 lbs (Super Cab - 8’)
Bed Length 8’ (Styleside)
6.5’ or 8’ (Flareside)
Bed Width
Wheelbase 133” (Reg Cab)
139” (Super Cab - 6.5’ bed)
155” (Super Cab - 8’ bed)
Fuel Regular or unleaded

What is a 1975 Ford F 150 Worth Today?

A 1975 Ford F 150 pickup truck in good condition should bring an average price of $15,300 (excellent condition has a significantly higher price). Various data sources indicate a substantial market for the sixth-generation F-Series. For a current listing of available ‘75 F 150s, see classiccars.com. (Please note that values shown may vary depending on the condition of the vehicle and market conditions).