Oh, childhood. The days when all you had to worry about was your sister screaming after you buried her Barbie with that sweet yellow dump truck in the sandbox.
Big kids should rejoice, however, after Ford has released an amazing real-life version of the Tonka truck toy, meaning that you can relive your childhood all over again… This time with 17,000 pounds of sand!
Based on the all-new Ford F-750 truck, this bright yellow monster stands at nearly 10 feet tall and comes ready to move dirt, create huge new playgrounds and fuel the imagination of kids both big and small.
10 feet tall with 330bhp
John Ruppert, general manager for Ford’s commercial vehicles, said: “From Generation Z to the Greatest Generation, Ford and Tonka continue to set the standards for tough trucks.
“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.”
Available only in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, the mighty F-750 is capable of carrying up to 33,000 pounds on its 158-inch wheelbase – that’s around the equivalent of 10 Ford Fiestas.
Powered by a massive 330bhp 6.7-litre diesel V8 with a six-speed automatic transmission, it can pull nearly eight tonnes and can even be used to power other construction machines, up to and including cranes.
Of course, the Tonka-inspired version of the F-750 comes with some extra features to set it apart from the more mainstream options, including a custom grille to improve airflow and performance.
Zoom-function wing mirrors
Sharper bumpers, rugged headlamps and Tonka badging in addition to the bright yellow paintwork completes the look, along with special PowerScope mirrors, which feature a neat zoom function.
Kathy Hawk, vice president of marketing for Funrise Toys, who make Tonka toys, said: “We are proud Tonka trucks are put to work every day around the world.
“Creating this F-750 Tonka truck is a special way to celebrate that many of today’s Ford truck customers first drove a Tonka truck.”
While you won’t be able to buy an F-750 in this part of the world, Ford does still offer a wide range of extremely capable commercial vehicles, which you can buy from Perrys dealerships now.
You can either check out our website for more information, or call into your local dealer to have a chat. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ll be out in the sandbox!