The most recognized history of the Ford F100 Sport Custom is going to be that of the automobile’s original designer, Carroll Shelby. Although the vehicle that was built by Shelby was an evolution from the original design concept that Carroll originally came up with, it is going to be the Shelby’s continued claim to fame. For this reason, we decided to examine the car’s history in order to gain a clearer understanding on how the sport custom car came into being.
One of the first factors that caused the development of the vehicle is the participation of Carroll Shelby who has always been very interested in cars history. As a young boy he had always been fascinated with any design of an automobile and realized that this had to start somewhere. Although he had never really put in a lot of effort into his early work, he was more than happy to give Shelby all the input that he wanted. This ultimately resulted in the original Ford Mustang that we know today.
It was during the design phase of the Ford F100 that the general public got to witness the car at its best. The Ford company had been using photography to document the progress of the vehicle’s development as well as various designs that were in the works. On some of these photos you can even see the car running. Since then, these photographs have been collated into scrapbooks, car magazines and even books. This is one of the main reasons why the vehicle’s history is one of the most well-known among collectors and enthusiasts alike.
The original Ford F100 Sport Custom had to go through several iterations before its ultimate production form. One of the changes that was made was when the driver seat was moved towards the front of the vehicle. This gave the drivers better visibility and also increased the stability of the vehicle. At first the change to the driver seat was intended to ease the development of the vehicle. However, after several modifications this change was retained and the driver is now able to view the rear view mirror when he or she wants to check out the scenery outside.
In order to achieve an increase in speed, the same concept was applied to the Ford F100. The use of larger aluminum pistons gave the engine a higher compression ratio and therefore created a much more powerful engine. The vehicle also gained more torque thanks to its new turbocharger that was installed and the addition of high-performance tires.
There was a certain development that was carried out that could not be seen in the Ford F100 sport custom. To add some extra sophistication, the vehicle underwent a “nose job” at the same time that it was tuned to run on ethanol. Ethanol gas had a significantly lower mileage than gasoline and to reach the needed power output it was necessary to add a boost system that was designed specifically for ethanol gas. This boost system was also meant to improve the vehicle’s performance, but it also required additional modification.
The future of the Ford F100 Sport Custom changed when the company finally decided to produce a vehicle for the ordinary consumer. Although the exterior was finished in chrome paint, the interior was left relatively unchanged. This decision, however, helped establish a connection between the vehicle and the real market. A modest amount of customizations were done to improve the comfort of the vehicle and the customer would soon be enjoying the luxuriousness of the Ford name.
It is almost impossible to determine the exact date when the Ford F100 Sport Custom was first launched because the vehicles that were produced could be easily identified with their unique serial numbers. It could be speculated that the vehicle’s introduction occurred around the time of the addition of fuel-efficient engines to the company’s lineup. This change was met with an enthusiastic response and sales figures for the Ford F100 Sport Custom started taking off.