Video: Old vs New – 1965 Ford F-100 vs 2021 Ford F-150: How has the F-Series Changed In 56 Years?

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A lot has changed in 56 years and this 1965 Ford F-100 is proof of that, especially when you put it up against a 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid.

After a lengthy debate, the consensus was that these two trucks (’65 F-100 and ’21 F-150) have three main things in common. Both trucks have six-cylinder engines, both trucks have four-wheel-drive, and both trucks have pickup truck beds. Oh, and they both were built by Ford. 

Among many of the extreme differences between these two pickups, one thing is especially noticeable. Their physical differences definitely extend to their dimensions. The Ford F-100 is nearly the size of a midsize pickup truck in modern times. By comparison, the modern Ford F-150 is a giant.

The 1965 Ford F-100 had a maximum tow rating of 5,500 lbs. Andre’s 2021 Ford F-150 has a tow rating of about 8,300 lbs. The new F-150 has a payload of 1,750 lbs, while the ’65 F-100 is a lot less. The reason we don’t have exact numbers is that Tommy’s truck has a beefier F-250 platform and a 4×4 setup. So, it’s a bit of a hodgepodge of old parts.

In terms of technical sophistication, these trucks are as different as a biplane versus a jet fighter. The modern Ford F150 has a twin-turbocharged V6 and a hybrid powertrain. It is so sophisticated, it is capable of powering a large campsite, worksite, or even a full-size home for a lengthy period of time.

On top of that, the modern Ford F-150 is capable of giving you a relaxing ride of extremely long distances while sipping fuel. Add to that the fact that it is a four-wheel-drive vehicle that is quite capable in snow and on hard terrain, and it’s hard to beat.

The old Ford F-100 is capable of pulling, or hauling, somewhat heavy objects over difficult terrain. As it’s doing it, you may lose a tooth, get a concussion, drop a rusted part, and so-on. The new F-150 should prove a much more comfortable ride altogether.

Check out this video and see what the boys do in this comparison!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.