The Ford Motor Company and toy-maker TONKA have united to give us something we’ve always wanted: a working, drivable, real-life, full-size Tonka truck. As kids, we had to make the engine noises ourselves, pushing our toy trucks around on the tile entryways in our houses, but now Ford has made our dreams come true: we can actually get in the driver’s seat of the full-size Ford F-750 TONKA Dump Truck.
Well, at least the truck is on exhibit at the National Equipment Association Work Truck show in Indianapolis, where it’s helping to steal thunder from the Geneva Motor Show. The Ford F-750 TONKA dump truck might just be a promotional vehicle, but it’s still making a huge impact on customers, both individual and corporate.
“People of all ages have been counting on Ford F-series and TONKA trucks to get the job done—from construction site to sandbox—for more than 60 years,” said John Ruppert, general manager of Ford Commercial Vehicle Sales and Marketing.
The F-750 TONKA gets its power from a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Disel engine, which gives it huge numbers like 330 horsepower, 725 lb-ft. of torque, and a 17,000-pound hauling capacity. Sadly, Ford has no plans to build this particular truck for production, but it does serve as a great way to promote the all-new Ford F-650 and F-750.
You might not be able to buy this exact Ford TONKA truck, but you can definitely check out the Ford Super Duty lineup of trucks here at Brown Motors. Or, if you’re more on the commercial side, check out the new Ford F-650 and F-750, the beginning of Ford’s commercial truck lineup. Either way, just remember the clear message from Ford and Tonka—never stop playing in the sandbox of life.