Building cars since 1903, the Ford Motor Company is considered a pioneer in automotive mechanics. But we bet you already knew that. With engineering and design that remained unmatched by competitors from the start, Ford is known to have some of the most iconic classic cars that can often still be seen on the road today. And with Lange & Fetter’s annual Classic Car Show Fundraiser coming up, we thought we’d give you a little rundown of our top picks of Ford classics!
When it comes to Ford’s early audacious and daring designs, few cars come to mind as much as the Ford GT. Equipped with a 550-hp supercharged 5.4-litre 32-valve V-8 in the GT’s midsection feeding a six-speed manual transaxle, this retro-flavoured GT featured here is already a 21st-century legend.
Before its surprising reboot with a sixth generation 2 years ago, the original Bronco was a true legend of the sports utility market. As the first SUV model developed by the company, Ford unleashed the Bronco against the more established Jeep and still made quite a splash until its discontinuation in 1966.
Nothing says boss energy like the 1961 Lincoln Continental. Its iconic clean sides, flat hood, and trunk exude confidence and style. Influential beyond Ford, these four-door vehicles inspired an all-new generation of clean, muscular cars. And the suicide rear doors were super cool, too.
The “Fox body” Mustang had been in production since the 1979 model year, but it was in 1982 that this muscle car really shined. Roaring with a High Output 4.9-litre engine with a two-barrel carburetor, it was rated at 157 horsepower. That’s modest by 21st-century standards, but it started a horsepower war that, many years later, is still going stronger than ever.
If we think of 1950s Golden Age glamour, the 1955 Thunderbird is front and centre. As standard, the Thunderbird included a removable fibreglass top; a fabric convertible top was an option, although commonly specified. The only engine option was a 292 Y-block V8.
The powerful pickup that started it all. It was Ford’s first true post–World War II design, and with its “Million Dollar Cab,” it was more comfortable and more usable than any pickup before it. And in case you didn’t know already, the F-series pickups have been among the best-selling vehicles on earth ever since.
Generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, which made car travel available to middle-class Americans, the Ford Model T is as iconic as they come. Over a period of 20 years, Ford built about 16.5 million of these bare-bones, four-cylinder machines at assembly plants around the world. With the Model T, Ford really did put the world on wheels, and in so doing, the world changed. Can we say legend?
Interested in checking out some iconic Ford classics in person. Keep an eye out for our 3rd annual Lange & Fetter Classic Car Show Fundraiser! Browse our inventory and contact us today if you’re interested in test-driving some of our more updated models!