Sometimes the old days of design were the better days.
Restomodding has become the latest trend when it comes to modding, taking classic cars and giving them a new lease on life with classic-meets-modern tech and styling. But what if things worked the other way around, and we took modern vehicles and gave them retro styling cues? Just imagine all the cars with pop-up headlights. Oscar V of the Concept Autos Instagram page has taken to doing just that, however, at least in the digital realm, giving modern vehicles retro makeovers and vice versa, with his latest victim being the Ford F-150 full-size pickup.
The F Series of trucks are not only Ford's biggest sellers, but the best-selling vehicles in all of the United States, racking up 909,330 units sold in 2019. It's a trend that has been ongoing for decades, so the attached rendering seems a fitting tribute to decades of chart-topping sales for the backbone of American society. Oscar took influence from the 1970s F-Series pickup for this render, incorporating elements like round headlights instead of the current-shaped LED clusters, while the bold grille now features 'FORD' lettering in its uppermost slat just like the truck from 50 years ago.
Other elements include a chunky chrome bumper, reminiscent of what we've seen rival truck makers do in recent years like the Texas-only Lone Star trim of the Ram 1500. Chrome is a predominant feature in the retro-inspired render, which is offset particularly well by the black paint job. The steel wheels are chromed as well and feature an old-school design, while the wing mirrors have been swapped out for manually-adjustable items that would not appeal to those who are used to the mod-cons of modern trucks.
The next-generation Ford F-150 is due to debut later this year ready for 2021 model year production and will work on an evolutionary design including stacked headlights and luxuries like LED lighting and advanced driver assistance systems. Production will start in September at Ford's Dearborn, Michigan plant with customer orders opening on June 15.