10 Most Famous Fords of All-Time
Ford has responsible for manufacturing some absolutely wonderful vehicles.
The Ford Motor Company was formed in 1903 by Henry Ford and a group of investors. In 1896, Mr. Ford developed the first experimental Ford automobile at his Detroit residence. He constructed the famous Model T in 1908 and the first vehicle plant in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1911. Ford opened its first foreign facility in Manchester, England, in the same year. The firm was the first to employ a moving assembly line to make automobiles on a massive scale, and it pioneered innovative production methods for large-scale manufacturing. Ford also set new labour regulations in the business in order to boost production. For example, in 1914, the company paid its employees $5 per day (for an eight-hour day), which was far greater than the $2.34 that was being paid at the time (for a nine-hour day).
The corporation expanded quickly, acquiring 75% of Aston Martin in 1987 and spending $2.5 billion for Jaguar in 1989. In 1993, the first Ford dealership opened in China. Ford now produces automobiles, automobile components, trucks, and tractors. Despite its success and development, the corporation has had its share of challenges. By 2012, the business planned to slash up to 30,000 employees and close 14 plants, according to a 2006 announcement. Because the iconic automotive firm has been in operation for almost a century, they’ve produced some very amazing vehicles.
Best Ford Cars
1. 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback “Eleanor”
The 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback, often known as “Eleanor,” must be included on our list as one of the finest Ford automobiles ever manufactured since it is one of the most beautiful cars on the globe. The automobile was made popular by Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie in the 2000 adaptation of the 1974 film Gone in 60 Seconds. In 2013, one of the three Mustangs driven by Nicolas Cage in the film was auctioned off for $1 million! Fusion Motor Co., located in California, has been granted formal permission to produce new copies of this iconic automobile. Fusion Motors restores vintage 1967-68 Mustang frames before installing new engines, air conditioning, and electric windows. The finished products look identical to the original movie “Eleanor” and cost around $200,000.
2. 1985 RS200
In the Group B rally competition, the Ford RS200 was the fastest vehicle. With 420 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, the automobile won several notable events, including the national English Lindisfarne Rally in 1985. The RS2000’s body shell was created with downforce in mind, and its unusual form provided exceptional aerodynamics. Because of the car’s aerodynamic design, it didn’t require a large, unattractive back wing, as did many other Group B rally cars at the time. Regrettably, the RS2000 has been involved in a number of fatal incidents. The Group B rally series was shut down due to the frequency of these incidents. Three onlookers were killed in one such tragedy when a Ford RS2000 ran off the road. Despite these tragic events, the car deserves to be on this list as one of the best Ford cars ever built, as it was exceptionally fast, and its design was highly innovative.
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3. Crown Victoria
The Crown Victoria (the automobile that we all image when we think of a police car or a yellow cab) would undoubtedly make this list of the finest cars ever manufactured. However, we weren’t sure which division it would fit under. After much deliberation, we concluded that the car’s sheer ubiquity on the streets of North American cities merited a spot in this article’s “greatest ever created” section.
The Crown Vic was one of Ford’s “Panther” platform automobiles, which also comprised the Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car. The plain Crown Vic was a popular choice among buyers of big fleets of automobiles for limo services, taxis, and police cars. These automobiles were not flashy, but they were comfortable and adjustable, and they did the job.
4. 2017 Focus RS
The 2017 Ford Focus RS is a sporty hatchback with a clean design. The Focus RS is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel-drive RS can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and achieve a peak speed of 165 mph!
The automobile has a six-speed manual transmission and 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sports tyres. While previous Focus RS variants were exclusively available in Europe and abroad, the 2017 model is now available in North America. Before pricey extras are included, the automobile costs around $40,000. The car has incredible grip and blistering acceleration, and it uses the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine as the 2017 Mustang.
5. 1916 Model T
The Ford Model T, often known as “Tin Lizzie,” is the most well-known, influential, oldest, coolest, and important automobile ever produced. Over the course of 20 years, Ford produced 16.5 million of these no-frills 4-cylinder automobiles, which were sold all over the world. The bulk of these vehicles were assembled in Detroit and Michigan, as well as at Ford’s assembly facility in Manchester, England, and other locations. The vehicle was notable because it was the first to be affordable to a large number of American workers. This meant that ordinary people, not just the wealthy, would be able to purchase an automobile. Henry Ford pioneered assembly-line production procedures, which resulted in the Model T’s affordability.
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6. Ford GT40
The Ford GT40 is undoubtedly the greatest race vehicle Ford has ever produced. The GT40 was a renowned track vehicle that won four consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans races between 1966 and 1969, paving the way for the modern-day Ford GT. The GT40 was designed specifically to beat Ferrari at Le Mans. Enzo Ferrari, the owner of Ferrari, intended to sell it to Henry Ford II. The two businessmen bargained, and just as the transaction was ready to close, Enzo Ferrari dropped out at the last minute. After returning to Detroit, a furious Henry Ford II reportedly instructed his staff to “go to Le Mans and beat his [Ferrari’s] ass.” The crew created the renowned GT40 and succeeded in doing so. The car was a perfect mix of the best European and American automotive technologies of the time. The V8-powered, mid-engine GT40 is an incredibly rare car, as less than 135 of them were ever built.
7. 1955 Ford Thunderbird
The 1955 two-door Ford Thunderbird was released two years after the Chevrolet Corvette and was designed to compete in the two-door sports car sector with the Corvette. The Thunderbird’s design was altered to a four-seater in 1958, and Ford began to sell it as a “personal automobile” rather than a sports car. As a result, the original 1955 two-seater vehicle became extremely rare and valuable.
The automobile had a V8 engine with 198 horsepower and cost $3,147 at the time. This allowed the automobile to go from 0 to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds, which was rather impressive for 1955. A mint-condition 1955 T-bird would cost between $20,000 and $60,000 now, and would come with both the hard and soft tops. This classic beauty is undeniably one of the best Ford cars ever built.
8. 2021 Ford GT
The Ford GT is the most apparent candidate for “the best Ford automobiles ever made” list. It would better be fantastic with a price tag of approximately $500,000! The supercar is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 647 horsepower, but in the future, it may solely be driven by energy.
The GT can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.0 seconds and achieve a mind-boggling peak speed of 216 mph. The Ford GT’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine is really a variation of the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine used in the Ford F-150 pickup truck! Of course, the two engines have been changed to power these two quite distinct vehicles, and the supporting systems are also somewhat different. The Ford GT is sure to be a car that grows in value, as it’s very rare since only 1,000 of these cars will be built.
9. 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is a powerful full-size truck. The initial Raptor was a crazy-fast version of the ordinary Ford F-150 pickup, with a 320-horsepower naturally-aspirated 5.4-liter V8 engine or a 6.2-liter V8 engine that pushed out 411 hp, both coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive vehicle can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and reach a peak speed of 150 mph. With huge tyres, dampers, and a wide body, the SVT Raptor is not only quick, but also capable off-road. Despite the fact that the current F-150 Raptor is powered by a V6 EcoBoost engine, word on the street is that a V8-powered version will be released shortly.
10. 1982 Ford Mustang GT
In 1979, the first Ford Mustang with the “Fox body” styling was introduced. The Mustang was hardly a performance vehicle back then, and it was underpowered and uninspiring. A 4.2-liter engine producing only 115 horsepower drove the 1981 Mustang.
The 1982 Mustang GT, on the other hand, ushered in a new age of power and performance, with an astounding 4.9-liter V8 engine (marketed as a “5.0”). This new engine, which generated 157 horsepower, was crucial because it kicked off an arms race for ever-more powerful engines with ever-more horsepower. The 1982 Mustang GT marked a turning point for Ford and as one of the vehicles that led to the development of the modern-day muscle car, the 82’ GT certainly qualifies as one of the best Ford cars ever built.
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