Earlier this year, Ford Motor Company announced that they would be dramatically scaling back the production of everything except their trucks in the USA (they will still produce the Focus and the Mustang). The move reflects Americans’ proclivity towards buying trucks and SUVs, but for gearheads, it seems like a good time to reflect on all the great cars Ford has produced over the years.
What would the automotive world look like without some of the classics that have come out of Ford over the last 115 years?
The Model T
There is no better place to start than with the original. The Tin Lizzy. The car that got Americans on the road and led America to becoming the world’s leader in industrial production innovations. It was the first car built on an assembly line and was the first that was affordable to all Americans.
Sure, this is one that they are going to continue with and of course they are. There is no more classic car in American history. Can you even imagine Nic Cage stealing, like, a Charger or something in Gone In 60 Seconds or listening to Wilson Pickett sing about “Camero Sally?” Of course, you can’t!
Ah, the Thunderbird. The luxury car for the common man. It was the great equalizer. Anyone could ride in style. It didn’t hurt sales that it had a monster engine built to compete with the Corvette either.
The first Galaxies were everything that was great about America and the American auto industry in the ’50s. Pure American steel. A monster on the road but as sleek looking as you like.
1932 Ford V8
THE classic Hot Rod. There is nothing more iconic than a ’32 deuce flathead with a custom paint job and a monster engine blowing the doors off everything else that moves. The Beach Boys even wrote “Little Duece Coupe” about this iconic Motor City classic.
The GT was and is an actual Ford supercar and what a car it is! First built in 2003 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the company, the designers looked to the iconic GT40 race car that Ford used to dominate races in the 1960s, and with a 0-60 speed of 2.9 seconds and a top speed over 200 mph, the GT can compete with anything today too.