Perfect 1961 Hot Rod Unibody Ford F-100 Headed to Auction
Two-tone paint coupled with a Mustang’s big block make this one sweet Ford unibody hot rod pickup.
Ford has always been an innovator in the pickup truck segment, but not all of those innovations work out. Back in 1960, the Motor Company introduced a unibody version of the F-100 that they called the Integrated Pickup. They were not popular, being plagued with rumors of the doors getting stuck shut when the truck was overloaded and by the middle of 1963, Ford ended production of the unibody half-ton truck. Although the unibody F-100 was available across four model years, they have become rare collectables.
When flipping through the Ford trucks listed on the Mecum Auctions website, we came across this gorgeous 1961 unibody pickup. It has a custom paint job inside and out, unique matching leather seats and a 428-cubic inch big block V8. The body is stock, but in every other aspect, this is a hot rod pickup.
The Hot Rod Look
On the outside, this 1961 Ford F-100 appears to have all of the same body panels, but the two-tone black-and-red paint scheme paired with the bright chrome trim bolsters the hot rod look. When you add in the grumbling dual exhaust system and the chrome wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, this unibody truck rocks the muscle car look nicely.
On the inside, this unibody F-100 has leather-wrapped bucket seats and the entire cabin – from the door panels to the dash to the seats to the custom center console – is all finished in black-and-red. There is also a questionable set of “R Racing” floormats from Pep Boys, but overall, the cabin is a perfect match for the exterior.
Lots of classic trucks look like hot rods, but few pack classic muscle car power like this unibody 1961 F-100. Under the hood is a 428-cubic inch big block V8 which appears to be from a 1969 Mustang, based on the decal on the air cleaner. Provided that the air cleaner information is accurate, this classic unibody pickup packs somewhere in the area of 335 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, with the power being funneled to the rear wheels by means of a C6 automatic transmission.
Finally, this rare F-Series pickup has a late model power steering and power brake setup, allowing this F-100 to drive more easily than it would have when new, while the newer brakes help it slow down after exercising all of that big block power.
This truck will be sold at the Mecum Las Vegas auction that runs from November 15th through the 17th and the current pricing estimate is $20,000 to $25,000. If it sells in that range, the buyer is getting a sweet classic Ford truck with muscle car power for a solid price.