The successful alliance between American icons Ford Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Motor Company rolls on with the launch the 2008 105th Anniversary Edition Ford Harley-Davidsonâ„˘ F-Series Super Duty.
Henry Ford started his production models the same year that William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson began to produce motorcycles â€" and since 1903, both companies have been rolling out superstars. Now, for the first time, the twosome is producing Harley-Davidson â„˘ editions of the F-150 and Super Duty pickups in the same model year â€" and with the same design features.
"This is a great opportunity for Ford and Harley-Davidson â€" two American icons â€" to celebrate 105 years of shared passion for the open road," said Tom Aubrey, marketing manager, Ford F-Series Super Duty. "Truck and motorcycle customers share the same values and dreams: they work hard, believe in genuine products and love experiencing the nation`s highways and byways."
The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidsonâ„˘ F-Series Super Duty is the 11th model to emerge from a Ford Harley-Davidson alliance that began in 1999. The co-branding of these two storied companies has proven to be a successful formula, with sales totaling more than 60,000 units.
Metal, Chrome and Leather
The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidsonâ„˘ F-Series Super Duty draws its design theme from the special-edition 105 th Anniversary Harley-DavidsonÂ® motorcycle and its distinctive Vintage Copper paint. A special "105 th Anniversary Harley-Davidson F-Series Super Duty" badge adorns the exterior and interior of the truck. The unique paint options, graphic treatments and singular wheel design work together with Super Duty`s strong, distinctive looks to give the vehicle a bold attitude that unmistakably connects the truck to the rich history and tradition of Harley-Davidson Â® motorcycles.
"The design of the side vent and grille on the Super Duty represents the heat stakes on a cylinder head of a Harley-DavidsonÂ® V-Twin engine," said Brad Richards, design manager, Ford Harley-Davidson â„˘ trucks. "That was intentional as we wanted to thematically tie theses trucks directly to the bikes in ways that enthusiasts would appreciate."
The 2008 Ford Harley-Davidsonâ„˘ F-Series Super Duty offers a choice of black monochromatic exterior paint with a custom Vintage Copper stripe running along the beltline â€" or a black and Vintage Copper two-tone paint scheme.
The Vintage Copper color accents are carried through the interior as well, accenting specially designed leather seats. A unique instrument cluster and one-of-a-kind 105th Anniversary badge round out the interior.
"These trucks are pure customs â€" right from the factory," said Pat Schiavone, design director, Ford trucks. "I`ve been involved with Harley-Davidsonâ„˘ trucks since day one, and this is my favorite."
Other unique special equipment includes:
* "105th Anniversary Harley-Davidson F-Series Super Duty" fender vents and badges
* Chrome billet-style grille with body-color surround
* Unique headlamps and illuminated molded running boards
* Chrome exhaust tips
* Rubber bed mat with HARLEY-DAVIDSON Bar & Shield Logo
* PowerScope trailer tow mirrors
* Unique 20-inch polished forged-aluminum wheels
* Power sliding rear window
* Memory power-adjustable performance pedals
* Black and dusted copper leather-trimmed front and rear Captain`s chairs; a 60/40 split, flip-up rear bench is optional â€" with the Bar & Shield logo mounted to the top of the seat backs
* Memory heated power driver seat and heated power front -passenger seat
Ford Truck Leadership
Since its debut in 1948, Ford has sold more than 32 million F-Series trucks. Today, there are more F-Series pickups on the road with 250,000 or more miles on them than any other brand. F-Series also is the best-selling truck in America for 30 years running and the best-selling vehicle for 25 years in a row.
The new 2008 Super Duty features the 6.4-liter Power Stroke V-8 Turbo Diesel â€" the most powerful, cleanest, and quietest Ford pickup diesel engine ever; a new exterior and interior design; and innovations including an industry-first Tailgate Stepâ„˘ that allows easy access to the pickup box. In addition, the all-new F-450 pickup offers industry-leading towing capacity of 24,500 pounds and maximum payload of 6,120 pounds.
The Ford F-150 half-ton pickup, like the Super Duty, is the capability leader in its segment with best-in-class payload and towing capacities.
New for the 2008 model year, Ford has added to an unmatched lineup of more than 60 unique F-Series offerings, including new F-150 Lariat Limited and SuperCrew XL models.
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