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Lot 241

1956 Ford F-100 Custom

  • Chassis no. F10D6L-15174

Sold for $374,000


Est. 600 bhp, 427 cu. in. SOHC Ford V-8 engine with electronic fuel injection, Ford C-6 automatic transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms, coil springs, and shock absorbers, custom four-link rear suspension with Spax coil-over shocks and a solid rear axle, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 118 in.

  • Commissioned for noted hot rod and racing enthusiast Joe MacPherson
  • Tastefully customized to MacPherson’s “five-percent” rule
  • Simply one of the finest custom trucks extant


The Ford F-100 has been a favorite of hot rodders since they were new, and to many, it is the quintessential American pickup hot rod. It bore a unique style that could be easily enhanced with minor customization, yet it was still a truck and inherently practical. Under Joe MacPherson’s ownership, this 1956 F-100 was extensively customized by “Squeak” White and the renowned Mike Chrisman. MacPherson customized the truck to stay within his “five-percent” rule, meaning that the truck would be recognized for what it was yet slightly cleaner and smoother cosmetically over stock.

Under the hood is a 1965 Ford 427 V-8 that utilizes 9:1 JE pistons, stainless steel valves, and a high-capacity oiling system, and it is estimated to make roughly 600 horsepower. The engine is fed by a Hilborn fuel-injection system that has been converted to modern electronic operation and is mated to a Ford C-6 automatic transmission. The exhaust flows though custom two-inch headers to a 2½-inch exhaust system with Mega Flow mufflers. Furthermore, the truck is fitted with disc brakes and power steering, for added drivability, as well as the front suspension from a 1978 Ford and a custom four-link rear suspension with a nine-inch rear axle.

In order to attain a more pleasing overall profile, the front sheet metal of the truck was rotated downward and the core support was shortened in order to relocate the hood and fenders. The truck’s cab and bed were tilted forward on the same angle to match. The drip rails were completely removed, and the upper cab seams were filled and smoothed. The gas filler, cowl, heater vents, front fender, and hood seams were filled as well. Further smoothing out the look of the F-100 included shortening the hood peak, rounding out the door corners, and removing the wind wings. The bed boasts a very modern look, as it is trimmed with stainless steel and oak and the floor has been lifted two inches over stock. Custom hinges and latches were installed for the tailgate, and the taillights from a 1934 Ford were fitted for a retro look.

Inside, the truck was fitted with a gauge cluster from a 1999 Mustang and bucket seats from a Chevrolet Tahoe, which are divided by a custom-fabricated aluminum console with a built-in switch panel to control the ignition, headlights, windshield wipers, drop-down license plate, and high beams. The interior was reupholstered in burgundy by Little John’s Interior Concepts, and it features a GM steering column and column-mounted shifter that has been fitted with a steering wheel from a 1952 Ford. The leather door panels were fitted with armrests from a 1956 Chevrolet, and the stainless steel trim was sourced from Chevrolets of the same era.

Although the truck appeared unfinished and in bare metal in issue number nine of The Rodder’s Journal, it now wears a brilliant shade of PPG Twilight Blue polyurethane paint, which wonderfully complements its oak-trimmed bed and burgundy interior. What sets this F-100 apart from the rest is its incredible look, as it is more streamlined and aggressive than stock but not overtly so. Its painstaking attention to detail and build quality only make it that much more tastefully unique.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

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Gord Duff

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more