Ford is one of the most iconic brands in the car industry. After all, it’s been right there since the beginning, and has found the staying power to still be around today. It’s done this by continually delighting drivers with new classics. Here are five of those models. They may not all be the fastest, or most impressive, but they’re the reason Ford is still a household name today.
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The F-Series is a series of full-size pick-up trucks that was first put into production well over 60 years ago, in 1948. Its most popular variant, the F-150, has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for the past 32 years. It’s a testament to the design and build of Ford’s trucks that after thirteen generations the F-Series is still going strong.
4 – Crown Victoria
The Crown Victoria was an iconic car in the United States for just under twenty years. Production stopped in 2010, but after years of use as the standard police vehicle and taxi cab, the “Crown Vic” has managed to permanently ingrain itself in the cultural lexicon. Though it was not the most powerful or the most efficient car around, it was tougher than nails, hence its use by the boys in blue.
3 – Ford GT40
The GT40 was created for the sole purpose of winning long-distance sports car races against Ferrari, and, boy, did it succeed. In 1966 it garnered a 1-2-3 finish at 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s oldest endurance car race. It also became the first car to win the race more than once on the same chassis. In short, it was pure sports awesomeness.
2 – Model T
The car that started it all. While not the first motor vehicle around, the Model T was the first to be built via assembly line, which meant it wasn’t just the rich and prosperous who could afford the car. Plus, you could have it in any colour, so long as it was black, blue or green.
1 – Ford Mustang
The crème de la crème of Ford is, of course, the Mustang. When it was introduced in 1964, it single-handedly spawned the “pony car”, the design of which would be emulated by its competitors over the coming decades. America loved the lightweight sports car for its power and its price, and the Mustang is still here: it’s just hit its fifth generation.
What is your favourite Ford model?