MOST EXPENSIVE PICK-UP TRUCK EVER?
This was the Ford Super Chief. Back in 2006 I did a feature for Car magazine on the concept of Ford's answer to a Rolls Royce quality pick-up. Designed by Peter Horbury, we got a ride in the working truck with Pete at the wheel. It was driven through the Detroit Dearborn factory, where they stamp out doors for F150 trucks. The workers had no idea we were going to rock up in a priceless concept with Peter driving it. Afterwards we went to Peter's house in the suburbs for afternoon tea. It was a memorable day. See the other videos for more on the Super Chief.
http://www.youtube.com/user/USA6x6 This is not my video, it is of the respectful owners at usa6x6.com
The World's Biggest Pickup / Ford F650
The Ford F-650/F-750 Super Duty are medium-duty commercial trucks produced by a joint venture of Ford Motor Company and Navistar International. They were introduced in 2000, replacing the previous-generation F-600, F-700, and F-800 trucks introduced in 1980. They are made mainly for use as utilitarian trucks for towing, heavy hauling, use in construction and are intended to appeal to businesses and municipalities. They are primarily Class 6/7 trucks, but the 2011 model year F-750 expanded into the Class 8 range with a GVWR of 37,000 pounds (17,000 kg) due to frame and chassis upgrades. Although an F-Series truck, the F-650/750 Super Duty is also an indirect replacement for lower-end versions of the L-Series, in terms of GVWR and capability. The F-650 and F-750 are manufactured in Mexico in a joint venture with Navistar International called Blue Diamond Truck Company LLC. As of 2014, the medium-duty Super Duty is available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. First generation (2000-2015) For the 2000 model year, Ford introduced the medium-duty variants of the Super Duty lines to replace its F-600, F-700, and F-800 that were discontinued in 1998. After the sale of the Aeromax/Louisville truck line to Freightliner in 1997, these had been the largest vehicles produced by Ford in North America. Although they saw a minor update in 1995, the medium-duty F-Series had not seen any major changes since 1980. To decrease development costs on a new truck line, Ford entered into a joint venture with truck manufacturer Navistar International, who was looking to develop a replacement for the long-running International S-Series/4000-Series. Named Blue Diamond Truck Company LLC, the two companies would develop their own medium-duty trucks sharing a common chassis; International would use its own engines for its truck while Ford would use off-the-shelf powertrains. International would introduce its version in 2002 as the redesigned 4000-Series (later the DuraStar). Introduced for the 2000 model year, the all-new F-650 and F-750 variants of the Super Duty line followed the previous Ford tradition of using the cab from the Ford pickup line (this time, the larger Super Duty models) joined to a larger hood with separate fenders. The only visible part shared with previous-generation models were the headlight/turn signal clusters. Along with the standard two-door cab, the crew cab was again available. For the first time, Ford offered the SuperCab on the medium-duty line; it was also available with 4 doors as well as all other Ford SuperCab trucks. While smaller Super Duty trucks received periodic updates, the only external update to the medium-duty trucks was the adoption of a three-slot grille in 2004. In 2012, the interior was updated; the design seen since 2000 was replaced by the design introduced in Super Duty pickups for 2011. Second generation (2016-) Introduced at the 2014 National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show, the 2016 versions of the F-650 and F-750 bring many changes to the medium-duty Super Duty range of trucks. With Ford discontinuing the Econoline van in 2014, Ford is transferring all of its medium-duty truck production from Mexico to its Avon Lake, Ohio assembly plant upon the end of van production; it will be built alongside the F-53/F-59 front-engine motorhome/commercial chassis. While the cab itself is carryover, the 2016 medium-duty trucks feature an all-new hood, which features a larger grille and headlights. In a significant departure from the 2000-2015 model, both the engine and transmission are supplied by Ford. In addition to the 6.7L Powerstroke V8, Ford is offering the 6.8L Triton V10 gasoline engine available to buyers; the latter will be available for conversion to propane. Powertrain At its launch, the F-650 and F-750 were available with two Diesel engines: the Caterpillar 3126 (replaced by the C7) and the ISB from Cummins. For the 2010 model year, Caterpillar exited the on-highway Diesel engine market, leaving Cummins as the sole engine choice. Expanded to 6.7 liters for 2007, the I-6 Diesel comes with 8 standard and optional horsepower ratings, and two vocational ratings. In 2012, Ford introduced turbocharged gasoline and gas (propane) engines for its duty trucks. The 6.8 L Triton V10 supercharged produces 312 horsepower (233 kW) and 457 foot-pounds force (620 N·m) of torque and is mated to the TTC Spicer ES56-7B 7-speed manual.
This is how is going to be in the future...