Surely America’s most famous car - the first of the pony cars was released in late 1964. Within a year Ford had sold over 400,000 Mustangs making it the most successful new car launch in history. Buyers could choose between the neat notchback, glamorous convertible or racy fastback. Engines started at 170 and 200 cubic inch sixes, but most opted for a V8 - the first model offering a 260 cube small block that quickly climbed to 289, then 302 and finally 351 cubic inches. From 1967 Ford offered the FE series 390 cubic inch big block V8, and later the limited production, race tuned 427, and 428 Cobra Jet. Models include the Boss 302 and 351, Boss 429 and numerous GT variants
The Shelby Cobras & Mustangs of the 1960s created a legend that has only grown over time. 289 and 427 Cobra, Mustang G.T. 350 and the Hertz rent-a-car special - the G.T. 350H, G.T. 500 and 500KR. Not to forget the mighty Ford GT40 that won Le Mans 3 years in a row thanks to Carroll Shelby’s input
One of the all time great American dream machines - the original Thunderbird of 1955 was Ford’s two seater response to the Chevrolet Corvette. More boulevard cruiser than sports car - the T-bird became an instant legend, with an optional high performance 312 cubic inch V8 that on;ly enhanced the performance image. Later models grew back seats, bigger engines, length and weight - but managed to maintain something of the mystique of the early Birds thanks to sensation styling both inside and out.
Ford’s answer to Cadillac - the Lincoln offered levels of luxury most could only dream of. Lincoln offered everything from the tasteful, limited production ‘56 Continental Mark II hardtop, to the outrageous glamour and style of the late 1950s Premiere, Landau and hardtop sedans and convertibles. From 1961 Lincoln offered its’ most memorable series with the Continental four door pillarless sedans and convertibles - with the iconic ‘suicide’ rear doors. The magnificent Continental convertible was the last ever factory produced four door convertible ever made. Engines started at 430 cubic inches from 1958 and climbed all the way to 460 cubes by the late ‘60s