Our Favorite Iconic Ford Models of All Time
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Ford Motor Company has an illustrious history. The company’s humble beginnings are part of the curriculum in most elementary school social studies courses. You can’t say that about many other automakers.
And as the years passed, Ford continued to make history with some of the most special and memorable car models of all time. Explore our five favorites — but know that it was hard to narrow down this list to these iconic rides.
2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Nearing the turn of a new decade in 2009, Ford Motor Company released this true high-performance truck (no shade to the Ford Lightning). An off-roader with a powerful V-8 engine, it was so popular that Ford kept it in production for the thirteenth generation of F-150s.
The first one sported a 5.4-liter, but in 2011, it grew to a 6.2-liter V-8 with 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque. It goes from zero to 60 in 6.6 seconds and was produced through 2013.
1964 Ford Mustang
Ford’s pony car was first introduced in 1964, meant to be an affordable sports car. This first-gen ‘Stang remained in production until 1973, when it began evolving over and over again. Toward the end of the 1970s, it was a full-fledged piece of American muscle.
In the mid-60s, however, engine choices were inline-sixes and a choice of three V8s. The most powerful delivered 271 horsepower and 312 pound-feet of torque, a laughable amount for today’s Mustang.
But, it was revolutionary for the time, and Ford produced almost 1.3 million in the first two years. While you won’t find a 1964 Mustang at Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas, you can shop for a new or used Mustang on our lot.
1965 Shelby GT350
Caroll Shelby’s first collaboration with Ford produced the Shelby GT350, a lighter version of the Mustang meant for high performance. It lacked rear seats and was fitted with a more aggressive and aerodynamic body kit.
The V-8 from the regular Mustang was modified to produce 306 horsepower and 320-pound feet of torque. As a racecar, it won the B-production class of the SCCA championship for three years in a row, reaching 60 miles per hour from a stop in 6.6 seconds.
Less than 2,000 were produced, so they were hard to snag unless you were lucky. In 2021, you can special order your own Shelby GT350 from Ford, with lots of throwback aesthetics to the 1965 model year. Talk to a personal shopper at Zeck Ford to learn more.
1955 Ford Thunderbird
This iconic car was produced from 1955 to 1997 with ten generations of variations, including one that was very Ford Tempo-esque, and then again in 2002 to 2005. But it’s really that first-gen T-bird that takes the metaphorical cake.
The 1955 Thunderbird was a two-door convertible that seated just two — the first since 1938 — launched as a direct competitor to the Corvette. But the T-bird’s focus wasn’t on performance, although it performed well. Instead, it was to provide a luxurious, comfortable ride.
The car came with one of two V-8 engines, including a supercharger 5.1-liter with 340 horsepower and 439 pound-feet of torque. It launched itself from 0 to 60 in 9 seconds. In 1957, Ford added two more seats to the T-bird.
1908 Ford Model T
What could be more iconic than the vehicle that revolutionized the auto industry and the way cars were built using an assembly line?
Ford Motor Company produced the Model T from 1908 to 1927, selling 16.5 million cars. And since nearly all Model Ts are antique by now, it’s impressive that it still stands in the top ten list of the most sold cars of all time.
The Model T was powered by a 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine that produced a mere 20 horsepower and 83-pound feet of torque. By modern car standards, these numbers are abysmal, but back in the early 1900s, it was a miracle on wheels.
1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
A drag racer through and through, the Thunderbolt was outfitted with a Ford Galaxie engine — a 7.0-liter V-8 — but weighed a lot less, thanks to its fiberglass body, plexiglass windows, and lack of street-legal requirements.
Its V-8 engine achieved 425 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, but some claim its real output was closer to 600 horsepower. The car went on to win the NHRA Super Stock Championship and became one of the most iconic race cards of all time.
This particular Fairline was an absolute beast, completing a quarter of a mile in 11.61 seconds at about 125 miles per hour on average. Only 100 were made, so if you can get your hands on one, the 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt is a serious collector’s item.
Find the Current Best Ford Models in Leavenworth, Kansas
If you’re looking for a newer piece of Ford history, come to Zeck Ford near Kansas City, where you’ll find a huge selection of used F-150s, new trucks, cars, and SUVs. Our personal shoppers will help you find a vehicle you’ll love. Our transparent sales process puts you in the drivers’ seat where you don’t have to haggle to get a good deal.
Take a look at our inventory of vehicles at our Ford dealership in Kansas City, and then contact a personal shopper at 844-645-5448 to make an appointment for a test drive. We can’t wait to see you at Zeck!