Speedsters were the first hot rods

Beginning as a 1915 Ford passenger vehicle, The original body was replaced and this lightweight Speedster body was added - Vehicles like this were raced on everything, including dirt tracks to coast to coast races.

 

Ford Motor Cars Through the Years


A Pictorial Glimpse of Ford Motor Cars Through the Years

Henry Ford
Henry Ford 1919

Edsel Ford
Edsel Ford 1921

Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation based in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The automaker was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The organization offers autos and business vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury autos under the Lincoln mark. Ford likewise owns Brazilian SUV maker, Troller, and Australian performance auto producer FPV. In the past it has additionally created tractors and car parts. Ford has a 2.1% stake in Mazda of Japan, a 8% ownership in Aston Martin in the United Kingdom, and a 49% ownership in Jiangling of China. It likewise has various joint-ventures, one such venture in China (Changan Ford Mazda), another in Taiwan (Ford Lio Ho), another in Thailand (AutoAlliance Thailand), another in Turkey (Ford Otosan), and another in Russia (Ford Sollers). Ford is also listed on the New York Stock Exchange and controlled over by the Ford family, in spite of the fact that they have minority proprietorship (however greater part of the voting power).

Ford initiated techniques for large scale manufacture of autos and large scale administration of a industrial workforce utilizing intricately designed manufacturing sequences embodied by moving moving production lines; by 1914 these strategies were referred to far and wide as Fordism. Ford's previous UK subsidiaries Jaguar and Land Rover, obtained in 1989 and 2000 respectively, were sold to in March, 2008 Tata Motors of India. Ford also owned the Swedish auto company Volvo from 1999 to 2010, which it sold to Geely Automobile. In 2011, Ford quit making the Mercury brand, under which it had sold entry-level luxury autos in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East since 1938.

Full Size

Model T - October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927

The Ford Model T (informally called the Tin Lizzie, fliver, T‑Model Ford, Model T, T, or Leaping Lena) was manufactured from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927. It is by and large viewed as the first affordable vehicle, the auto that opened travel working class American; some of this was a result of Ford's effective manufacture, including assembly line vs individual hand crafting. The Model T was named the most influential auto of the twentieth century competing in the 1999 Car of the Century, in front of the Citroën DS, BMC Mini, and Volkswagen Type 1. Selling 16.5 million it stands eighth on the top ten rundown of most sold autos ever starting as of 2012.

 Ed Archer, his wife and their 1915 Model T Speedster - Lincoln Highway Association Centennial Tour in Banta
1915 Model T Speedster

Ed Archer, his wife and their 1915 Model T Speedster
1915 Model T Speedster

Ed Archer, his wife and their 1915 Model T Speedster
1915 Model T Speedster
Lincoln Highway Association Centennial Tour lunch stop in Banta - 1925 Model T Coupe owned by Milton Webb
1925 Model T Coupe
Al Smith's 1926 Ford Model T - Lincoln Center Car Show
1926 Ford Model T


Model A (1927–31)

The Model A (conversationally called the A-Model Ford or the A, and A-bone among hot-rodders and customizers), was the second huge accomplishment for the Ford Motor Company, after its forerunner, the Model T. Initially delivered on October 20, 1927, yet not sold until December 2, it succeeded the admired Model T, which had been manufactured for a 18 years. This new Model An (a past model had utilized the name 1903–04) was designated a 1928 model and came in four colors.

Looks like a 29 Ford Model A - O'Connor Woods Assisted Living Hot August days Car Show
1929 Ford Model A
Looks like a 30 Ford Model A - O'Connor Woods
1930 Ford Model A
1931 Ford Roadster
1931 Ford Roadster


Model B - 1932-1934

Ford manufactured three autos from 1932 and 1934: the Model B, Model 18 and Model 40. These replaced the Model A. The Model B continued to make four cylinder 1932 to 1934. The V8 version (Model 18 in 1932, Model 40 in 1933 and 1934) was replaced by the Model 48. It became the first Ford featuring a flathead V‑8. Identical bodies were provided on 4 cylinder Model Bs and the V8 Model 18/40s. The organization likewise discontinued the Model AA truck for the Model BB, which could be purchased with either the four-or eight-cylinder motor.

1932 Ford Coupe
1932 Ford Coupe
1932 Ford Coupe Lincoln Center Car Show
1932 Ford Coupe Lincoln Center Car Show
1932 Ford Pickup - Lincoln Center Car Show
1932 Ford Pickup
1933 Ford Sedan
1933 Ford Sedan
Dorthea Lange 1933 Ford Woody
Dorthea Lange 1933 Ford Woody
1933 Ford Woody
1933 Ford Woody
1934 Ford with a rumble seat - O'Connor Woods Assisted Living Hot August days Car Show - She was thinking about getting in it
1934 Ford
1934 Ford Speedster
1934 Ford Speedster

Model 48 - 1935-1936, 1937-1940

The Ford auto line was redesigned in 1937 with one noteworthy change — the announcement of an entry level 136 CID (2.2 L) V8 as an optional engine to the popular flathead v8 221 CID (3.6 L) engine. The model was an refresh of its ancestor, the Model 48 (itself based upon the Model 40A), and was the main vehicle. It was upgraded all the more thoroughly in 1941. The price was $850. The Ford Line bore several model numbers amid this period: For U.S. production Ford Model Numbers for 85 hp V-8 prepared autos was Model 78 and 60 hp V-8 autos was Model Number 74. becoming Models 81A and 82A in 1938, and then Models 91A and 92A in 1939.

1936 Ford Stainless Steel
1936 Ford Stainless Steel
1936 Ford Coupe
1936 Ford Coupe
1937 Ford - Lincoln Center Car Show
1937 Ford
1938 Ford Tudor Sedan
1938 Ford Tudor Sedan
1939 Ford Woody
1939 Ford Woody
1939 Ford Woody
1939 Ford Woody
1940 Ford Pickup - Lincoln Center Car Show
1940 Ford Pickup
1940 Ford Coupe - O'Connor Woods
1940 Ford Coupe
Kevins 1940 Ford Coupe
Kevin's 1940 Ford Coupe
1940 Ford Standard Coupe
1940 Ford Standard Coupe
1940 Ford Standard Sedan
1940 Ford Standard Sedan


1941-1948

The Ford was totally redesigned in 1941, in preparing for an unpredictable timw encompassing World War II. The 1941 design was prematurely ended for the 1942 model year and was continued in 1946 and manufactured until the more advanced 1949 Fords were available. This car evolved considerably in its first year. The front fenders came in three pieces, the hypothesis being that small damages could easily repaired. Amid the year, it became two pieces with the lower front and back segments being joined. Hood risers changed, the early ones were the same as 1940 Fords, changing amid the year to the better later versions.

The two previous auto lines, Standard and De Luxe, had bloomed into three, the Special, De Luxe, and the Super De Luxe. The entry level 136 CID (2.2 L) V8 was discontinued for a new 6 cylinder 226 CID (3.7 L) L-head engine, the first six cylinder Ford since the 1906 Model K. The favorite 221 CID (3.6 L) V8 stayed as the top-line motor and came standard in De Luxe models. Both motors were offered 90 hp

1941 Ford Soybean Car
1941 Ford Soybean Car
1946 Ford Convertible
1946 Ford Convertible
1946 Woody
1946 Ford Woody
1947 Ford Tudor Sedan
1947 Ford Tudor Sedan
1946-48-Ford Coupe - 1946 Ford on Weber Avenue. The 46 model had the fender trim above the bump, while the 47's and 48s had the trim below the fender bump.
1946-48-Ford Coupe
1946-48-Ford Convertible
1946-48-Ford Convertible


Seventh generation (1949–1951)

The 1949 Ford was the first all-new vehicle design announced by the Big Three after World War II. Non military production had been suspended amid the war, while the 1946-1948 models were updates of their pre-war models. Labeled the "Shoebox Ford" for its flat-sided, "ponton" outline, the 1949 model is credited both for saving Ford and introducing modern streamlined auto design with changes, like body integrated fenders and more . The design continued through the 1951 model year. In 1950 a new Crestliner "sports sedan"— a 2-door sedan featuring 2-tone paint created to fight Chevrolet's popular 1950 2 door hardtop. Another new name was Country Squire, which was a 2-door wood-sided station wagon. For the first time, the 1951 Fords offered an optional Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. Ford at long last addressed the Chevrolet Bel Air and Plymouth Belvedere with the 1951 Victoria hardtop, obtaining the term from the victoria carriage. The Victoria was an instant hit, outselling the Chevrolet by about 10%

1949 Ford Custom
1949 Ford Custom
1949 Ford Sportsman
1949 Ford Sportsman
1950 Ford Coupe
1950 Ford Coupe
1950 Ford Victoria
1950 Ford Victoria
1951 Ford Sedan
1951 Ford Sedan
1952 Ford Victoria 2 Door Hardtop
1952 Ford Victoria 2 Door Hardtop
1953 Ford Crestline 2 door hardtop - Lincoln Highway Association Centennial Tour lunch stop in Banta
1953 Ford Crestline 2 Door Hardtop
1954 Ford
1954 Ford
1955 Ford Crestline 2 door hardtop
1955 Ford Crestline 2 door hardtop
1957 Ford Retractable Hardtop
1957 Ford Retractable Hardtop
1958 Ford found off E. Main Street on 06/08/13
1958 Ford
1959 Ford galaxie Sunliner Convertible
1959 Ford galaxie Sunliner Convertible


Eleventh generation (1960–1964)

The standard full-sized Fords from 1960 to 1964 were complemented by an assortment of other Fords, which included the compact Falcon Thunderbird, and from 1962 the mid-sized Fairlane. The main Ford grew significantly now riding on a 119 in wheelbase. The motors were carried over from the 1959 Ford, similar to the fundamental chasis design, yet the sheet metal was present day. The Fairlane name would last just two years before becoming a mid-size model.

1960 Ford Starliner
1960 Ford Starliner

The red 1965 Ford Police car in and out of it's Crosstown Freeway Cage
Red 1965 Ford Police Car
Red 1970 Ford Police car
Red 1970 Ford Police Car
Red 1970 Ford Police car
Red 1970 Ford Police Car
Starksy & Hutch 1975 Gran Torino
Starksy & Hutch 1975 Gran Torino


Fifteenth generation (2005–present)

For the 2005 model year, Ford announced its first all-new full-size auto in 26 years. To a great extent proposed to assume control over Crown Victoria role in the consumer market, the Ford Five Hundred was likewise created as the larger of the two autos slated to succeed the Ford Taurus. While the Ford Freestyle marketed as a crossover SUV based upon the Five Hundred was the first genuine successor to the Country Squire station wagon, denoting the first time since 1991 that Ford created full-size vehicles in numerous body styles.

Utilizing the Volvo created D3 platform, the new models denoted various significant changes to the full-size Ford line. Rather than body on frame with rear wheel drive, uni-body plan with front-wheel drive was used; all-wheel drive was also available. A first since the 1931 Model An, a V8 was not available, succeeded by a V6 (a first for the full-size line). For all-wheel drive models, the automatic transmission was replaced by a CVT. A first since 1970, the line was restricted to Ford and Mercury, with just Ford being able to sell the crossover SUV/wagon.

For the 2008 model year, refering to more noteworthy brand acknowledgment, Ford integrated the Five Hundred and Freestyle into a solitary Taurus line, with the Freestyle turning into the Taurus X. In 2009, the Flex was presented, generally becoming a trade for the Taurus X.

2005 Ford 500
2005 Ford 500
2014 Freestyle
2014 Freestyle


Coupe Utility

Ranchero

The Ranchero coupe utility that was manufactured from 1957 through 1979. Not at all like a pickup truck, the Ranchero was an adaptation of a two-door station wagon with an integrated cab and cargo bed. 508,355 units were created amid the model's product run. It was adapted from full-sized, mid-range and compact Ford vehicles for the North American market.

the 1970s, the Ranchero name was utilized as a part of the South African market using a rebadged Australian Ford Falcon utility. They were delivered to South Africa in knock down (CKD) form, and then assembled at the Port Elizabeth plant. In Argentina, an utility form of the locally created Ford Falcon was called a Ranchero also.

The Ranchero sold so well, General Motors created Chevrolet El Camino 1n 1959.

1941 Ranchero Ranchero
1941 Ranchero - Custom Made
1941 Ranchero Ranchero
1941 Ranchero - Custom Made
1955 Ranchero Ranchero
1955 Ranchero - Custom Made
1960 Ranchbird - Custom Made
1960 Ranchbird - Custom Made
1965 Mustang Ranchero Ranchero
1965 Mustang Ranchero - Custom Made
1958 Thunderbird Ranchero
1958 Thunderbird Ranchero - Custom Made
2006 Ranchero
2006 Ranchero


Mid Size

Fairlane - 1955-1970

Maverick - 1969-1977

Fairmont - 1978-1983

The mid-size Fairmont was marketed from the 1978 to the 1983 model years. The replacement for the Maverick, the Fairmont was marketed by Mercury as the Zephyr, which was a replacement for the Mercury Comet. Both The Fairmont and Zephyr comprised of two-door notchback sedans, four-door sedans, two door coupes, and five-door station wagons.

Tempo - 1984-1994

The Ford Tempo and its twin Mercury Topaz, are compacts that were manufactured during the model years 1984 to 1994. They were downsized replacements to the square shaped Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr. The Tempo and Topaz were a piece of a plan to offer all the more ecologically friendly, fuel efficient, and more cutting edge styled models to contend with the European and Japanese imports. While it sold well, its advancement and streamlined design opened doors for the more earth shattering Ford Taurus. In 1995, they were replaced by The "world auto" platform marketed in the US as the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique, furthermore by the bigger Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable.

Contour - 1992-1996

Fusion - 2006- Current

The Fusion, a four-door, five passenger medium size sedan built and sold by Ford over two generations in both gas and gas/electric hybrid variations. Released for 2006 model year, the Fusion is fabricated at Ford's Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly plant alongside the rebadged Lincoln MKZ — and in the past with the discontinued rebadged variation, the Mercury Milan, all sharing the CD3 platform.

2017 Ford Fusion
2017 Ford Fusion


Compact

Falcon - 1960-1970

The Falcon was manufactured by Ford from 1960 to 1970 over three generations. It was a initially a sales success, outselling rival compacts from Chrysler and General Motors built during the same time. The Falcon was offered in two-door and four-door sedans, two-door and four-door station wagons, two-door hardtop, convertible, car Ranchero pickup and sedan delivery configurations. For many years, the Falcon name was also utilized on the Ford Econoline passenger van. Variations of the Ford Falcon were produced in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile and Mexico.

1963 Ford Falcon Convertable
1963 Ford Falcon Convertable


Fiesta - 1976 - Current

Pinto - 1971-1980

The Pinto was fabricated and sold by Ford Motor Company during the model years 1971–1980. The first subcompact created by Ford in North America, the Pinto was promoted in (1971-1972) as two-door coupe, (1971-1980) as three-door hatchback, and (1972-1980) as three-door station wagon, and was the first mass-produced American auto with rack and pinion guiding.

1963 Ford Falcon Convertable
1963 Ford Falcon Convertable


Luxury, Sports and Pony Cars

Ford sports cars have been involved in sports car racing since 1964. Most quite the Ford GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans 4 times during the 1960s and is the only American auto to win overall at this prestigious occasion. Ford likewise won the International Championship for Makes in 1968 with the GT40, a record which stands today as one of the all-time most prominent racing automobiles. Swiss team Matech GT Racing, in a joint effort with Ford Racing, opened another chapter with the Ford GT, Teams title win during the 2008 FIA GT3 European Championship.

Mustang

1964 Ford Pegasus Mustang Concept
1964 Ford Pegasus Mustang Concept
1965 Ford Mustang Ronster
1965 Ford Mustang Ronster
1966 Ford Mustang
1966 Ford Mustang
1967 Ford Mustang
1967 Ford Mustang
1967 Ford Mustang Shelby
1967 Ford Mustang Shelby
1969 Ford Mustang Barn Find
1969 Ford Mustang Barn Find
1970 Ford Parnelli Jones
1970 Ford Parnelli Jones
1994 Ford Mustang Indy 500 Pace Car Replica
1994 Ford Mustang Indy 500 Pace Car Replica
2002 Ford Cougar ST200
2002 Ford Cougar ST200
2011 Ford Mustang GT
2011 Ford Mustang GT
Ford 2012 Mustang Boss
Ford 2012 Mustang Boss
2012 Ford Mustangs
2012 Ford Mustangs


The Mustang has arguably been Ford's sports car with the most success. Jerry Titus was the winner of the 1965 SCCA Pro B National Championship in a Mustang and the model went ahead to procure Ford the SCCA Trans-Am Championship title in 1966 and again in 1967. Ford again won the Trans-Am Championship in 1970 with Parnelli Jones and George Follmer piloting Boss 302 Mustangs for Bud Moore Engineering. Portage took the 1985 and 1986 IMSA GTO Championship in Mustangs driven by John Jones and Scott Pruett prior to coming back to Trans-Am glory with a title in 1989 with Dorsey Schroeder. Portage commanded Trans-Am in the 1990s with Tommy Kendall winning titles in 1993, 1995, 1996, and 1997 with driver Paul Gentilozzi including another win in 1999. In 2005 the Ford Mustang FR500C won the title in the Rolex Koni Challenge Series in its very first year on the circuit. In 2007 Ford won a triumph in the GT4 European Championship. 2008 was also the first year of the Mustang Challenge to the Miller Cup, a series which pits a entire field of identical built Mustang race autos against each other. Likewise in 2008, Ford won the makers title in the Koni Challenge Series and HyperSport sports car drivers Joe Foster and Steve Maxwell came away with the drivers title with a Mustang GT.

Ford and Michelin collaborated to provide custom engineered tires to Ford's performance vehicle lineup. Ford performance chief Dave Pericak said: "That certainty reaches out from our up and coming racing effort at Le Mans for 2016 with the all-new Ford GT added to the Ford Performance lineup, including Shelby GT350 and F-150 Raptor".

Thunderbird

Thunderbird began manufacturing for the 1955 model year as a flamboyant two-seat convertible. Dissimilar to the Corvette, it was not promoted as a sports car. The Thunderbird was positioned as an upscale model and is credited in opening up a new market, the personal luxury auto. The Thunderbird picked up a second row of seats 1n 1958. Subsequent generations got increasingly larger until 1977, when it was scaled back, and again in 1980, and once more in 1983. Sales were great until the 1990s, when big 2-door coupes became unpopular Manufacturing stopped toward the end of 1997. Thunderbird began once more in 2002, a revived 2-seat version was released, which was accessible towards the 2005 model year end. From its 1955 introduction to its discontinuance in 2005, Ford manufactured more than 4.4 million Thunderbirds.

1955 Thunderbird
1955 Thunderbird
1956 Ford Thunderbird
1956 Ford Thunderbird
1962 Vistabird
1962 Vistabird


Probe - 1989-1997

Cobra

1965 Ford Cobra
1965 Ford Cobra
2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept
2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept

Concept

1967 Ford GT40 Series Concept
1967 Ford GT40 Series Concept


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