Believe it or not, but Ford’s F-series, the catchall banner under which its trucks have lived for decades, turns 75 this year. This diamond jubilee celebration is being handled on the F-150 pickup by the 2023 Ford F-150 Heritage Editions. These special-edition models, unlike the name of the anniversary they’re commemorating, are actually fairly humble workhorses, albeit dressed up for a flash of pizazz.
Ford bases the Heritage Edition on the everyman’s F-150, the second-from-the-bottom XLT trim level. Other than special “75 Years” lettering on the windshield, a similar notation on the startup animation on the gauge-cluster display, and on the center console, the Heritage Edition wears one of five unusual multi-color paint jobs.
Ford references the F-150’s 1970s- and 1980s-era multi-tone paint jobs as inspiration for the Heritage Edition, albeit with a twist. While those classic pickups usually were two-tone, with a given body color broken up by a contrasting-color white or similar section separating the upper half of the body from the lower, the new ones situate the colorful part of the paint job in that central beltline area. The contrasting hues, which, again, on the old trucks were the accents, here are darker and feature prominently on the roof and roof pillars as well as the bumpers and door lowers.
Depending on the primary body color, the dark areas are either Carbonized Gray or Agate Black. The choices for Heritage Edition buyers are as follows:
- Race Red/Carbonized Gray
- Atlas Blue/Agate Black
- Antimatter Blue/Carbonized Gray
- Avalanche/Agate Black
- Area 51/Agate Black
Antimatter Blue, Avalanche, and Area 51 are new-to-F-150 paint colors, and we suspect they’ll be exclusive to the Heritage Editions, at least for model-year 2023. The two-tone treatments are interesting, though we wish there were the option for the old-school reverse treatment, in which the roof and body lower were colorful and the midsection “stripe” here were a neutral white or cream. In any event, it’s cool that Ford is basing this unique paint setup on the humble F-150 XLT, though details surrounding pricing and specific body configurations—which cabs and beds it’ll be available with—are forthcoming. Production starts in the fall, so we won’t need to wait long to find out.
Two-Tone 2023 Ford F-150 Heritage Editions Celebrate 75 Years of F-Series
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