Ford has a history of producing not only popular and economical road cars but also rugged and capable everyday utility vehicles. Their trucks and light-commercial range have been options since the company’s early days, and the small business owner or manager could choose from a myriad of body styles to suit the need at hand.
The F-100 series was introduced in the spring of 1953, totally updating its predecessor, the F-1. The F-100 utility had a more modern, clean look, and the cab area was greatly improved.
Through the Fifties, the model was gradually improved. Maybe the front lights were repositioned slightly, maybe a flare-side box body was an option. By the Sixties, the F-100 Platform/Stake was available alongside the standard pickup, and both models were available in ½-ton, ¾-ton or 1-ton load capacity.
The 1966 model was little changed from the previous year, with just a modified emblem and a new grille. Buyers could choose either the 6-foot-5 or 8-foot Flareside or Styleside box body, while standard features included Argent silver painted hubcaps, windshield washers and a fresh-air heater/defroster.
This F-100 ice cream truck is a rare survivor and is showing some signs of age. It will probably require minor restoration before regular use. The odometer shows 45,000 miles, although there is no substantiating history. The driver’s cab has a blue-and-white striped cloth seat with a blue painted dash. The roof liner complements the seat and dash.
Externally, the truck has been repainted recently and has correct Good Humor signage on the rear side panels and cab roof. Further features include the top bells and lights. Other period markings include a “No Riders” sticker over the refrigeration unit and a rare “Nixon-Lodge” presidential campaign window sticker.
To complete the picture, the truck has its Good Humor Ice Cream Treats accoutrements.