Good Old Truck: 1959 Ford F-100 Short Bed

Ford’s third-generation F-series trucks, introduced in 1957 were radically restyled. This example is listed on eBay here in Sacramento, California. Bidding is just over $4,000 at this time with no reserve. There’s no history provided for this truck, but there are lots of pictures. It appears original and unmolested with no rust in the cab corners and other areas where you might expect to find rust. This old truck runs and drives and everything works except the wipers and heater. It’s been serviced and has new brakes.

It looks very original inside except for the seat cover. It could definitely use some cleaning and detail work.

The bed has been well used and the floor shows a few waves but it’s solid.

There’s nothing but surface showing in this peek underneath. It would be worth treating the metal before it turns into anything worse.

Here’s the 292 CID Y-block V8. It should have plenty of grunt for most tasks.

This end of the pickup looks as solid as the front. This could be an appreciating investment and a useful driver just as it is. Hagerty, for example, says the 1957 to 1960 F-Series pickup trucks are in the “Top Ten Cars Under $10,000 that are Hot Right Now.” Hagerty expects them to appreciate. The new owner might keep this truck stock or resto-mod it. In this case, keeping it stock might be a better investment. Perhaps the investment potential might help convince the wife that buying this truck is a good idea.

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  1. John M.

    I’ve always had a fondness for vintage 1940s through early 1960s Ford pickups like this 57 Ford F 100 Short Bed. More recently, I started to like these old trucks with their original patinas more as opposed to them having nice paint jobs as I stated in an earlier comment that covered an earlier model Ford pickup.
    Both seen to go together like peanut butter and jelly and since joining Barn Finds, my fondness for them has turned into an obsession. Keep them coming.

  2. Fred W.

    Wax to keep from rusting further and drive!

  3. JW

    Now this is my kind of truck, a old Ford with original looks and it fits my budget better than the Torino King Cobra which at $459K you could never drive. Keep these old Trucks coming.

  4. geomechs geomechs Member

    This truck would do well at my place. I could handle just about everything but burning my forearms on that exhaust cross-over pipe. Definitely convert it over to dual exhaust. Other than that, the 292 will do everything I’d expect it to. Drive it for a spell and enjoy it. Maybe down the road treat it to a respray and drive it some more….

  5. Don

    Get a turbo and use the cross over exhaust kind of like the 80 and 81 turbo trans am had

  6. BronzeGiant

    Just please…..PLEASE, paint it.

    • Don

      Ya got that right ,I remember back in the old days when people wanted there cars and trucks to have nice paint jobs and look nice and sharp ya back about 10 years ago☺

  7. Woodie Man

    Lots of surface rust that looks like humidity caused it….. The engine is pretty toasty and the inside has some surface rust too…..must have been by the water its whole life.

    But you just can’t beat the real deal w the dreaded “p” word:)

  8. Dean

    Looking at youtube latly you need to mount this body on a crown victoria chassis

  9. Robi

    The 1953-56 Ford pickups have had their run long enough…. the ’57-60 series have their own style, the door window frames have that forward lean which gives the cabin a fast look. I’ve recently bought a ’57 big rear window version and have had Holmes Fabrication at Vista Calif. go through all its mechanicals so that next month I can use it for my annual road trip up the coast and over to El Mirage.
    Get one before the prices go crazy!

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