When it comes to classic cars in the US, it doesn’t get any more American than Ford vehicles. The man, the legend, the innovator, Henry Ford paved the way for what was bound to be one of the largest car manufacturers in the world and a true trailblazer. Ford Company had its ups and downs and irrefutably wrote numerous pages in the history of automotive industry.
In this article, we’ll go through five Ford models that grew to be classic and left a trace in the heart of every car lover.
2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Number one truck manufacturer in the US, Ford stepped into the territory that no other truck manufacturer dared to explore before. The exploration resulted in the aggressive high-performance version of another Ford’s timeless truck, Ford F-150. The embodiment of everything that Americans like about trucks, Raptor is bound to become a new classic. It rocks 450 horsepower and is practically indestructible.
1961 Lincoln Continental
Lincoln cars have been on the market for almost 80 years now. From the very beginning, Lincoln, a division at Ford Motors Company, proved to be a trailblazer. The introduction of Lincoln vehicles marked the emergence of a brand new segment, a personal luxury car. Since 1939 and until these days, it’s been a bumpy road with successful models and ineffective solutions. 1961 Lincoln Continental is probably the division at its finest.
1955 Ford Thunderbird
But before personal luxury cars became a thing, Ford entertained its options with Ford Thunderbird. Born in the competition with its eternal rival, the model was the answer to Chevrolet Corvette, which in its own turn, tried to leave European sports cars that invaded the American market behind. However, Ford Thunderbird wasn’t meant to be a sports car as it made history as a luxury tourer.
1964 Ford Mustang
With Ford Mustang, the company yet set another bar. The model was the first to emerge in the newly formed cars market segment, that of “pony cars”. Sporty, affordable, and high-performance, Ford Mustang easily won hearts of auto lovers while its competitors tried to squeeze it out of the game by launching similar models.
1968 Ford Escort
Ford always boasted versatile designs and innovative solutions. It enabled Ford to appease wide audiences, including potential customers overseas. Ford Escort was marketed to the Old World as a small family car and gained its fair share of recognition.
1948 Ford F-Series
During the Second World War, the automotive industry of the US came to a halt now only serving the military needs. It was only in three years after the war ended that Ford came up with something new. And it was Something with a capital S. The F-series, the company’s all-new, post-war vehicle line shaped how we see and make trucks today and can be called classic Ford trucks.
Ford GT40 is by far the best race car ever created by Ford. As many other great things in this world, it was developed in an attempt to beat the closest competitor. In this case, it was Ferrari that won one 24 hours Le Mans after another for five years in a row like no big deal. And Ford had its revenge as it made history with four consecutive victories from 1966 to 1969.