Ford or Holden: What Brand Is This Ute?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

The pickup or ute, short for utility, is one of the most versatile vehicle types. Modern versions can not only transport a family of four, but they can help move the contents of their house as well, thanks to their large load areas behind the cabin. 

Now in both America and Australia, these vehicles are loved and in both countries, they are a national institution. In Australia, both Ford and Holden models regularly duke it out as the nation's favorite model. And speak to any Aussie, and they will certainly have their favorite ute model.

Technically, its a classic fight between General Motors and Ford, as Holden falls under the GM banner. The fight has just been taken down under.

So back to why you are here... a quiz that's going to test your knowledge of Holden and Ford for sure. Luckily, you have a 50/50 chance of getting the answer right.

All you need to do is look at the image we provide of a ute/pickup and decide if it is a Ford or a Holden. Simple, isn't it? Well, yes, some of the time. 

Others might just require that guess. But you can do it!

All the best!

The 1934 Ford Coupe Utility was specifically designed for use in Australia. It was the brainchild of Lew Brandt. It was dubbed the 'Kangaroo Chaser' by Henry Ford himself. He was very impressed with Brandt's design.

The Holden 'FX' was first released by Holden Australia in 1951. It was based on the 48-215 sedan and powered by a 2.1-liter straight six engine.

Produced for the Australian market in the mid-'60s, the Ford XM Falcon Utility was just one of the many model types in the Falcon range. It was powered by a straight six engine through a 3-speed gearbox.

As was Holden's way, the 1970 HG update of their utility vehicle saw some minor changes over the previous model. Again, this was mostly to do with the trim and some cosmetics, including the badge. The Belmont and Kingswood names remained for the two versions available.

Another classic ute just for the Australian market, the 2001 Ford AU III Falcon XL Utility differed from its main competitor in the fact that the cargo tray and cab were separate. This means this ute could be set up with different rear ends.

Produced from 1980 to 1984, the WB Holden utility was a facelift on the HZ model, its predecessor. It was powered by a 3.3-liter engine with a 4.2-liter V8 as optional. This was the last Holden utility offered for six years.

Holden still kept on pumping out new models of their Ute every second year, and the EJ arrived in 1962 with a major styling update. The engine, however, was essentially the same as a decade before, bar some small improvements.

In 1925, Ford introduced the Runabout. Essentially, this was a Model T with steel bed on the back as well as an adjustable tailgate. To compensate for a heavier load, Ford used heavy duty springs on the rear of the car.

The Ford Courier name has been around for many decades. It was popular in the United States and Australia with early models in the '70s in fact rebadged Mazda BT-50's.

The 1966 HR Ute was improved over its predecessor in many ways. It featured a wider track, and the trim on the interior was far nicer. Some minor changes to the overall shape were also made, particularly to the roofline.

The second generation of the classic Ford F-100 pickup was built between 1953 and 1956. And by 1956, they were sporting a V8 engine, giving them around 180 brake horsepower, a lot of grunt for the time!

The SVT Lightning was introduced in 1993 and essentially is an F-150 ute with a little extra under the hood. The Lightning was powered by a 5.8 liter V8, while handling was improved thanks to an upgraded suspension system.

The utility version of the Holden FJ sedan, this vehicle was released in 1953 and marketed till 1957. It was powered by a 2.2-liter six cylinder engine coupled to a 3-speed manual gearbox.

In 1961, Holden introduced the EK Ute. This had minor cosmetic changes but more importantly, offered the first automatic transmission. This was a 3-speed option from the United States - the Hydramatic.

The Ford Super Duty is an excellent choice as an off-roader, particularly when you might be pulling a heavy load or even hauling extra equipment. With a solid beam axle, the Super Duty offers better axle articulation and has superior durability. Another plus is the ability to put on larger tires. The differential also locks the rear electronically, which means the Super Duty handles even the toughest terrain. And then there is the 860 pounders/feet of torque cranked out by the 6.7-liter engine for the top of the range models.

Although they had collaborated before, the 2007 F-150 Harley-Davidson Supercharged saw a massive influence from Harley, including lots of chrome amongst other aesthetic details. And the powerplant? Well, this F-150 had 5.4-liter V-8 capable of 450 brake horsepower.

The 1957 to 1958 model of the Holden Ute saw a new design as the old design had been in use for over a decade. Many higher compression engines were also introduced. It was dubbed the FE model.

The Falcon XR6 Utility was part of the Falcon range in Australia in the early 1990s. The XR6 was the only vehicle to have the tuned version of the 4.0-liter engine straight six engine, which produced 216 brake horsepower, nearly 20 more than the base unit.

The Holden HT Ute, released in 1970, kept the Belmont and Kingswood names from the previous model and just these two models were available in the range. They did have a new improved interior, which was far more modern and the front of the vehicle was now made from sheet metal.

A three-year period passed between the Holden HQ and the HJ, released in 1974. It had a new look, a brand new interior but essentially was the good, old standard coup ute that Australians knew and loved.

First released in 1948, without a doubt, the F-Series by Ford is the most iconic pick-up in U.S. motoring history. Over the past 30 years, the F-150 has outsold every other competitor every year.

A utility coupe produced by Ford from 1957 to 1979, the Ranchero was actually adapted from a station wagon design.

The 1958 to 1960 model of the Holden Ute, the FC, featured another styling upgrade making it two in the space of two years. Now the Holden badge fell away on the front of the vehicle, to be replaced by lettering for the manufacturer's name. Some minor trim details inside the vehicle also changed. It was dubbed the FC model.

The first Ford in the F-Series was released in 1948 and over the years, this brand has become one of the world's favorite pickups.

The Holden HD Utility, released in 1965, included a new look as well as the option of disk brakes for the first time. An X2 twin carb model was also made available. Not many exist still today.

The XH Falcon series followed the XG series and was marketed in Australia from 1996 to 1999. It featured a ute as well, although it was a special edition and only 600 were ever made.

At the beginning of the '60's Holden released the FB Ute, again with a few minor changes. The grill was similar to the '56 Chevy, and a range of improved engines was now standard, offering more power and higher torque.

The Ford F-250 'Highboy' featured massive 35-inch tires, which gave the truck a really menacing look. Early 'Highboys' were powered by a 360 cubic inch V8 engine.

In 1977, Holden released the HZ utility model. This was a major upgrade on anything that had gone before, and the company improved handling significantly by including a radial tuned suspension. It was powered by either a straight-six or V8 engine, although fuel economy regulations meant these were not the most powerful.

With the EH, Holden's ute finally received an engine upgrade it so desperately needed after a decade of the same motor. It was now powered by a 2.9-liter straight six engine. Styling, however, remained the same as the EJ model from two years previous.

The latest generation of the Ford F-150 is the Raptor. Unveiled in 2014, it has a number of V6 engine options.

Not only did the 1971 Holden HQ utility bring a new overall look that was more updated with the times, but it also had better suspension, brakes, and trim. The motor, however, didn't change from the previous HG model.

After a period of six years without a utility model, Holden unveiled the VG based on the Holden Commodore sedan in 1990.

The HK Holden was the first utility based on a full-sized car as opposed to the small models that had gone before it arrived in 1969. Two types were available and were known as the Belmont and Kingswood. Power came from a 3.0-liter straight-six engine.

The BA series from Ford, marketed under the Falcon name, saw six different utes, including the XR6 Turbo.

The HX utility, released in 1976, saw some cosmetic differences from the earlier HJ model. Essentially though, it was just a holdover until the new HZ model, to be released the following year.

The BF Falcon XL Utility was part of the Falcon XL range in the mid-2000s. It was very similar in looks to earlier Ford Falcon utes and is powered by a straight-six engine.

Who wouldn't want the latest 2018 Ford F-150 King Ranch? It sure is a beauty!

The first generation of the Ford F-350 Super Duty was produced between 1998 and 2006. The largest engine in one of these monsters was a 7.2-liter V8.

Shelby have produced the 'Super Snake,' a performance F-150 model that produces 750 brake horsepower! Unbelievable!

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