Ford is a reputable automaker that has shaped today’s car market. We’ve looked back through the history of the company to pick out some of the best Ford models ever made.
It all began for Ford Motor Company with the Model T made in the USA for the mass market between 1908 and 1927.
Ford Model T
The car was hugely popular. Ford produced 15 million Model Ts in 1913-1927 when it began to make a real name for itself as the maker of an affordable option for motorists.
Unlike the vehicles built by Benz, which were out of reach for most drivers, Ford’s car was more accessible, with the cost of around $825 (roughly double the annual salary of an average American). Cars of that era typically cost over $2000.
This model is one of the most famous Ford cars thanks to its historic win at the 1966 Le Mans that put an end to a run of five consecutive wins for Ferrari. The Ford GT40 Mk II GT40 with its 7.0-liter V8 engine was the first American car to become a star of the race with a 1-2-3 finish.
The rivalry between Henry Ford and Enzo Ferrari is played in the 2019 film “Ford v Ferrari”. Afterward, the GT40 won the next four Le Mans races up until 1970.
Ford Thunderbird (or T-Bird)
The rear-wheel-drive car with a catchy name borrowed from the North American Indians’ mythology was first introduced as a 2-seater convertible in the early 1950s to meet the growing demand for luxury vehicles.
Movie lovers remember the 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible from the Thelma & Louise film. Also, in years of its greatest popularity, the Ford Thunderbird was used in adverts and on postage stamps.
There are 11 very generations of this model which significantly differ from each other. Ford Mo. Co. built the T-Bird in coupe, cabriolet, and sedan body styles from 1955 to 2005, with a break in 1998-2001, and the total volume over the years of production reached 4.4 million.
Many people believe that this quintessentially American, muscular, iconic car is the best-ever Ford model.
The company wanted to make high-performance muscle cars smaller and more affordable to attract younger drivers.
As a result, Ford created a new class of pony cars, and the Mustang is a typical representative of that class: popular in the past, and popular now, glamourized in James Bond films and the Fast and Furious series.
The Mustang first went on sale in 1965, and it is now in its sixth generation.
By the way, the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, though it’s still early days for it, can have a potential impact on Ford in the coming years. Expectations are high with the model.
The body-on-frame SUV was in the market from the 1966 to 1996 model years. After 5 generations, there was a 25-year hiatus for the Bronco, when its place was taken by a 4-door Ford Expedition followed by a larger Ford Excursion.
Ford returned the Bronco for the 2021 model year, and now it is in the 6th generation. The current Bronco is a capable, highly customizable off-roader available either as a two-door SUV or a four-door SUV with a longer wheelbase.
Why is the Ford Bronco a legend? – The first vehicle ever called a “sport utility vehicle” or (SUV) was the Ford Bronco. The public demanded muscle cars in the 60s, but Ford introduced an SUV.
The history of SUVs, which are now kings of the roads, began with the Bronco model. The Ford Bronco is a pioneer, a game-changer, and we could not help including it in our list.