Year: 1969

Ford knows exactly who the F-150 is purchased by: Professionals and people who want professional-quality gear. In '69, to court these buyers, Ford released three special editions, the Contractor Special, the Heavy Duty Special, and the Farm & Ranch Special. These weren't just lame trim packages or accessory kits either; they all had mechanical tweaks to make life easier for professionals who needed just a little more performance out of their trucks. Sure, we're cheating just a bit by lumping all three in one ranking, but the significance of the editions demands all receive your attention.