When a 23-year-old Ford Australia designer created the ute – the forerunner of modern pickup trucks – in response to a farming family’s request for a vehicle with more utility, he started something still going strong 80 years later. Now Ford is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the iconic ute, an Australian invention that has been exported to the world, reinterpreted by other automakers and gained a legion of fans everywhere. The story of the first Ford ute is a key part ...

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