For over a century, Ford has been cranking out some of the most loved cars around. From the Model T to modern beasts, they’ve got a vehicle that’s hard to beat. We can’t cover them all, but here’s a nod to some of the greatest hits and our most favorite Fords ever created.

1932 Ford V-8

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1932 was a game-changer for Ford. Enter the flathead V-8. This bad boy was a revolution, making V-8 power something the average Joe could afford. Over the next 21 years, Ford sold more V-8s than all its competitors combined. Talk about setting the bar.

1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

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1956 brought us the four-door Fairlane Victoria, which – believe it or not – you could actually get in pink. The base engine, a 292 cubic inch V-8, cranked out 202 horses. And for those craving more power, there was the 312 with a Holley four-barrel carb, pushing 225 horsepower. That year also marked the switch to 12-volt systems across Ford’s lineup.

Ford F-100

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The F-100 is where Ford’s truck legacy really starts to shine. Post-war America was all about trucks that could handle a day’s work and still look good doing it. The F-100 nailed it, offering comforts like sun visors and armrests.

It’s tough to find one that hasn’t been beaten up or modded today, but they’re out there. With its success, it paved the way for the feature-packed trucks we see today. A mint F-100? That’s like finding gold.

1949 Ford

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Post-WWII, Ford dropped the ’49 model, and it’s a whole new world of car design. We’re talking slab sides, integrated fenders, chrome trim, and a nod to the aircraft style that’s about to take over the ’50s.

1965 Ford Transit

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The Ford Transit isn’t just any van; it’s a legend that’s been on the road since 1965. Known as “The Backbone of Britain,” this Ford classic is a workhorse beloved for its reliability in hauling everything from cargo to adventurers living the van life.

With a 2.0 L engine delivering 73 horsepower and a top speed of 65 mph, it’s built for endurance, not speed. But there’s a wild side to the Transit story. In 1972, Ford unleashed the Transit “Supervan,” a racing variant with a GT40’s V-8 engine, capable of a staggering 150 mph.

Ford Model T

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The Model T wasn’t Ford’s first rodeo, but it was the car that changed everything. Thanks to Henry Ford’s vision of an affordable, simple car for everyone, and his revolutionary assembly line, the Model T became the first car to truly dominate the roads in the U.S. and beyond.

Starting in 1908, Ford’s moving assembly line cut production times from 12.5 hours down to just 93 minutes, making the Model T increasingly affordable. By 1927, 15 million Model Ts had been sold, making it one of the most influential cars in history.

1939 Lincoln Zephyr

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The Zephyr is like the cool kid of the 1930s. Designed by Ford’s fresh-faced Design Department, it’s all sleek, modern, and aerodynamic. The ’38 model had these cool dual grilles, but from ’39 to ’41, they switched it up with the vertical ‘waterfall’ design, making the Zephyr a straight-up American icon.

Ford Capri RS2600

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Philip T. Clark, the brain behind the Mustang, whipped up the Capri RS2600 in ’75, and it was a looker with its long hood and short back. Made for the track, it packed a punch with a 150 PS V6, hitting 224 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm, all while keeping it light on its feet.

It’s a classic racer that made its mark both on the streets and the circuit, becoming a cherished collectible for those in the know.

1939 Ford Cab Over Engine (COE) Truck

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1939 was big news for Ford. They kick off the Mercury brand and drop a more powerful V-8 into the mix. This beast powers up all sorts of vehicles, including the stylish COE dump truck. Produced from ’38 to ’40, these oval grille models are now collector and customizer gold.

1946 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon

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World War II was raging, and Ford was prepping for whatever was coming with a big update in ’41. Production halted in ’42 and fired up again in ’45. The ’46 model is pretty much a ’42 with a few tweaks, but for the soldiers coming home, it’s a symbol of a bright, baby-filled, suburban future.

1961 Lincoln Continental

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The ’61 Continental broke the mold with its clean, authoritative design – a stark contrast to the flashy ’50s. Those famous ‘suicide’ doors weren’t just for show; they were a practical solution to a design problem. Plus, it was the first American car with a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty. Talk about standing behind your product.

1955 Ford Thunderbird

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The ’55 Thunderbird isn’t just a car; it’s a legend. It wasn’t meant to be a sports car but a stylish cruiser. Every T-bird came with a V-8 and a snazzy painted fiberglass top. Plus, those dual exhausts exiting through the bumper guards? Pure class.

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner

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Talk about ambition: Ford dropped $20 million (that’s $214 million today) on developing the ’57 Skyliner’s retractable hard top. This mechanical marvel was a wiring wonderland, but it left you with almost no trunk space when down. Despite the high price tag, nearly 49,000 Skyliners found homes between ’57 and ’59.

Ford F-150

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The F-150 is the king of the road for Ford, evolving from a basic work truck in ’48 to today’s near-luxury behemoths that still know how to get dirty. It introduced the world to the F-Series naming and kept upping the game with more comfort and tech.

Nowadays, you can get an F-150 that feels more like a high-end sedan but doesn’t shy away from heavy lifting. Holding the title of the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for over four decades, the F-150 has sold over 40 million units, proving it’s not just a truck; it’s a legend.

1959 Ford Country Squire

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Long before minivans and SUVs, the Country Squire was king of the road. Ford marketed these nine-passenger giants as the go-to for adventure. They even had a whole line of camping gear to match. With three rows of seats and that classic wood paneling (well, sort of wood), the ’59 Country Squire was a family road trip dream.

1966 Shelby Mustang GT-350H

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A Mustang list ain’t complete without a Shelby. The ’66 GT-350H was a race car you could rent – seriously, $17 a day and 17 cents a mile. There are tales of racers borrowing these beasts, swapping the engines for races, and then sneaking them back into the Hertz lot as if nothing happened.

Ford Explorer

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Back in ’91, when flannel shirts were big, Ford rolled out the Explorer, and suddenly everyone needed an SUV. Before it hit the streets, “Explorer” was just a fancy name slapped on pickups. But with the Jeep Cherokee turning heads and the Bronco II not cutting it, Ford went back to the drawing board. They took the Ranger, beefed it up, and bam, the Explorer was born.

This thing was a hit from day one, offering everything from basic setups to the fancy Eddie Bauer edition. Over the years, it switched from a truck frame to a slick unibody design, making it the go-to for police fleets across the U.S. Sure, it’s not the world’s best-seller, but with over 7 million sold, it’s a heavyweight in Ford’s lineup.

2016 Ford GT No. 68

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Fast forward to 2016, and Ford’s at it again at Le Mans, battling Ferrari with the reborn GT. Fifty years after their historic 1-2-3 finish, they clinch the GT class win. It’s not just a victory; it’s a repeat of history, proving Ford still has what it takes.

1966 Ford Bronco

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The ’66 Bronco hit the scene as a sturdy workhorse, complete with options for just about anything – snowplows, CB radios, you name it. It became a fan favorite fast and marked a huge moment in Ford’s history.

1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra

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The ’78 King Cobra brought back the V-8 to the Mustang after a short hiatus. Rebranded as a “5.0-liter” (but really a 4.9), it wasn’t a powerhouse by today’s standards, but it marked an important moment in Mustang history.

1984 Ford Bronco

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Here’s a fun fact: the ’84 Bronco was the first vehicle with cupholders. Yep, those things we can’t live without today? Thank the ’84 Bronco for that little bit of everyday convenience.

2017 Ford Focus RS

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The 2017 Focus RS is like a love letter to the gaming and energy drink crowd. That 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine spits out 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque with a grip that just won’t quit. Decked out in nuclear Smurf blue, this car screams fun and doesn’t apologize for it.

2021 Ford Bronco

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The Bronco made a comeback in 2021, and it’s as cool as ever. Take the Bronco Everglades, for example. It’s geared up for adventure with an air intake snorkel and a hefty front bumper sporting a 10,000 lb Warn winch. This Bronco isn’t just a car; it’s a call to the wild.

2023 Ford GT Mk IV

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As the Ford GT bows out, it goes big with the track-only Mk IV. Priced at a cool $1.7 million, it’s a beast with long-tail carbon fiber bodywork and an over 800 hp EcoBoost engine. And with just 67 being made, it’s as exclusive as it gets.

2025 Ford Mustang GTD

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Last but not least, the 2025 Mustang GTD is a game-changer. It’s not just a performance car; it’s a street-legal monster designed alongside the Mustang GT3 racer. With a supercharged V8 targeting over 800 horsepower and a sub-7-minute Nurburgring time, it’s Ford’s answer to the world’s supercars.

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Author: Abbie Clark

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Expertise: Automotive Industry, Electric Vehicles, DIY Car Repairs

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Abbie Clark is a writer, blog, and founder of RideRambler, Hey She Thrives, and The Bearded Bunch.

From clever car cleaning tricks to the freshest car features and reviews, Abbie loves sharing her knowledge on everything automotive. Outside of her time writing for her websites, you’ll find her fishing with her husband, deciphering her toddler’s babbling, or baking up something sweet.

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