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Ford celebrates Ute and truck history

Ford shows 1934 Ute
Ford shows 1934 Ute
Ford Motor

Ford is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Ute concept, which has helped shape its global vehicle design for decades. In 1934, an Australian designer for Ford created the utility vehicle to help area farmers. The Australian invention has now been exported around the world.

The young designer, named Lewis Bandt, fashioned the utility vehicle or Ute to help farmers that couldn't afford to own both a truck and a car. The blending of comfort and utility set the standard for future trucks.

Ford sold more than one million trucks world-wide in 2013. The F-Series is the best selling pickup in history with more than 33 million trucks sold.

The original Bandt designed Ute is on display in a museum near Melbourne, Australia.