Ford is a historic brand that helped lay the foundation of the American automotive industry. Practically everyone has owned a Ford sometime in their life … but how many people have owned an elite, premium Ford model? Although it’s known by many as an economy brand, Ford has made its share of luxury-class and high-performance models. Here are some of the best ones.
1932 Ford V-8
The history books remember Henry Ford’s Model T as the defining vehicle in the early annals of automotive innovation, but classic car enthusiasts point to Ford’s revolutionary V-8. Released in 1932 as the Model 18, this game-changing rear-wheel drive vehicle featured a new single-unit flathead V8 engine. This mass-marketed motor allowed the V-8 to be the first low-priced hot rod ever made. The “Deuce” became the foundation of hot-rodding culture and came in all body styles, from two-door roadster to five-window coupe.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
It’s hard not to fill this entire list with Mustangs. If we could only choose one as our favorite, which would it be? The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 is a solid choice. Ford designed the V8-powered Boss 429 to compete in NASCAR against the dominant Mopar HEMI engine. The modified big-blog V8 was so large and heavy that the Boss 429 needed a custom-modified front end. The result is a roaring, respectable version of the Mustang that turned the pony car into a muscle car.
Two particular model years stand out in the saga of the Thunderbird: 1955 and 1964. So, this entry is a tie between both of them. The 1955 Ford Thunderbird was the debut year of this two-seat convertible that quickly became an icon in 1950s culture and nostalgia. The 1964 Thunderbird shows how the model evolved from spunky athleticism to elite luxury over the years, with its squared, boat-like shape. The fourth generation of the Thunderbird is an odd duck, but it has its fans and has become a niche collector’s item.
1966 Ford Bronco
Can an antique pickup be considered a desirable classic model? The 1966 Bronco absolutely proves it can. The squared, pastel-colored compact truck was made for off-roading. The open-air cab and Jeep-like design made the Bronco a popular ride for outdoor enthusiasts. The Bronco is so beloved that it’s finally been revived for a new century.
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
A newer Ford truck for collectors who want a recent highlight in the automaker’s chronicle, the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is a real off-roading machine. Simultaneously upscale and rugged, it’s the halo truck that you wish you owned. The SVT Raptor stored a massive 411-horsepower V8 engine that launched it from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds — plus 4WD and all the off-roading enhancements you could imagine.
We lied. We couldn’t narrow it down to just one Mustang on this list. The new Mustang Mach-E is so groundbreaking that it’s sure to be remembered as a turning point in the Ford story. As the intersection of the automaker’s performance legacy with the future of eco-friendly driving, this all-electric SUV is history in the making. And will no doubt be considered a worthy collector’s item years from now — especially if you can get your hands on an Ice White Special Edition version.
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