American Brands – Ford

The following are full-length features for passenger cars, CUVs and Minivans. Pickups, SUVs, Full size Vans and all other trucks are archived in the “Trucks” Portal.  Buses are in their own Portal. For other Ford Corporation cars covered at CC, use the “Search Curbside Classic” on the upper right side of the front page.

Ford Motor Co. History

Ford’s Deja Vu Moment: How Donald Petersen Saved Ford In The Eighties    Paul N

Canadian Ford Branding History   David Saunders


1958 Corsair: Failure Is A Five-Letter Word  Brendan Saur

1959 Edsel “Eco-Boost”

1959 “Eco Boost” Follow-up   Paul N

1960 Ranger Four Door Sedan – One of 1228 Built   PN

1960 Edsel Villager — This Orphan Would Take a Village to Raise   Aaron65

Ford (North America)

1907 Ford Model K Roadster – Watch The Malcomsons Go By   Aaron65

1926 Model T Coupe: T Stands For Tall    PN

1928 Model A Speedster    Paul N

1929 Model A: The Best Ford Ever  Paul N

1929 Model A Roadster   Paul N

1936 DeLuxe: Imagine Yourself In This Car

1936 Ford DeLuxe Coupe: The Best Of the Classic Fords?   PN

1950 Hot Rod Ford: A True Love Story   PN

1953 Ford Customline: You’ll Never Guess What’s Under Its Hood   Paul N

1953 Ford Crestline Victoria: The End of the Road For the Flathead V8  Paul N

1956 Customline: A New And Safer Flavor In A Familiar Wrapper

1956 Fairlane: Beautiful, But Still The Bridesmaid

1956 Fairlane Fordor Victoria: More Doors For Miss Vicky  JPCavanaugh

1957 Ford Custom 300 : A Migration to Parts Unknown

1958 Fairlane 500: Movin’ On Up

1958 Thunderbird: The Most Revolutionary American Car Of The Fifties  Paul N

1959 Galaxie: On The Street Where You Live  Joseph Dennis

1960 Starliner: Haste Makes Waste

1960 Fairlane 2 Door Sedan    J. Shafer

1960 Thunderbird: The Squarebird That Flew Away (to Sweden) (Outtake)

1961 Falcon: How To Build A Winning Compact     Paul N

1961 Falcon: Simply Original And Just Right  J P Cavanaugh

1961 Starliner 390-375: Yes Pop, You Can Get A V8 Four-Speed 1961 Ford If You Really Must Have One (CC/Auto-Biography)     Paul N

1960-1965 Falcon: #1 In Classic Cars Among Hipsters   

1962 Fairlane: Sometimes It Is About The Destination (also Auto-Biography)    Paul N

1962 Galaxie 500 Town Victoria

1962 Galaxie 500 Sedan  D Skinner

1962.5 Falcon Futura Sports Sedan: Ford Sees The Future; At Chevrolet    Paul N

1963 Ford Fairlane Sport Coupe K-Code   Aaron65

1963 Falcon Club Wagon: A “Compact” Minivan

1963 Ford Galaxie Sedan – No 500, This…

1963 Ford Mustang II Concept–The Hamtramck Falcon?   Aaron65

1963 Thunderbird Landau: The American Dream Car      Paul N

1963 Ford and its Involvement in American Society   Jason Shafer

1963.5 Falcon Futura V8: The Economy Compacts Enter the V8 Era 

1964 Falcon Standard Sedan: Plain And Simple

1964 Galaxie 500 Convertible: Say Goodbye To Those Jet Tube Taillights

1964 Thunderbird Landau: Jazz Riffing

1965 Mustang Six: Freedom      Paul N

1965 Ford Thunderbird–Unique in All the World   Aaron65

1965 Thunderbird Landau: Fancy Feast

1965 Fairlane 500 Sports Coupe: The Failane   Paul N

1965 LTD:  It Singlehandedly Launched The Great Brougham Epoch  PN

1965 Custom Two Door Sedan: The End Of The Stripper Tudor Era     Paul N

1965 Galaxie 500: A New Ford Fit For Goldilocks   J P Cavanaugh

1966 Galaxie 500 7 Litre: Maybe It Should Have Had 7 Gallons      Paul N

1965 Thunderbird Landau    Laurence Jones

1965 Thunderbird Landau: Halcyon Days  Joseph Dennis

1965 Mustang: Freedom; Starting At $2368  Paul N

1966 Galaxie 500: All-Points Bulletin (Fiction)     Paul N

1966 Ford Ranchero: Viva Tijuana! 

1966 Mustang Notchback: Parked In  Joseph Dennis

1967 LTD: The Forgotten Ford

1967 Galaxie 500 Hardtop Coupe (Capsule)

1967 Mustang Convertible: Forty-Four Years Of Wedded Bliss   J P Cavanaugh

1967 Mustang Notchback – Spicy Mustard  Joseph Dennis

1967 Thunderbird Landau Sedan: Are Four Doors Really Better Than Two?  Brendan Saur

1968 Galaxie 500: Always Ready To Roll

1968 LTD Coupe: Peak Ford Hates Turns To….    PN

1968 Ford GT40 P/1075   Aaron65

1968 Thunderbird: Who Am I? Why Am I Here?

1968 Fairlane Coupe – The Unexpected Wallflower

1968 Ranch Wagon: Did Anybody Care?   Jason Shafer

1969 Mustang Mach 1: Sliding Down The Slippery Fastback Slope     Paul N

1969 Torino GT   GGH06

1969 LTD:  My Father’s Day Present    Jim Cavanaugh

1969 Falcon – Low Fidelity   Perry Shoar

1969 & 1988 Mustangs – Once Removed  Joseph Dennis

1970 Country Squire  PN

1970.5 Falcon: Needle, Meet Haystack

1970-1978 Maverick: The Simple(ton) Machine    Paul N

Car Show Smorgasbord of 1970 Mustangs   Aaron65

1970 1/2 Falcon: Mission Implausible

1971 Mustang Grande: Como Se Dice Brougham?

1971 Mustang Grande: Green, The Color Of Success  Joseph Dennis

1970 Thunderbird Sportsback: What Bunkie Took With Him On The Way Out The Door

1971 Thunderbird Four Door Landau: Yes, I Said Four Doors

1971 LTD Convertible   Jason Shafer

1971 Galaxie 500 Hardtop Sedan: Domino’s Delivers, Even If Ford Doesn’t     Paul N

1971-73 Mustang Grande: A Missed Opportunity?  William Stopford

1971 Pinto: 1971 Small Car Comparison #4     Paul N

1971-1972 Pinto 2.0 SOHC: The Fastest Pinto Ever   Dave Skinner

1972 Mustang Sprint and 1974 Chevrolet Impala “Spirit of America”–Bicentennial Fever   Aaron65

1972-79 Australian ‘Super’ Premium Fords: Parsing FoMoCo’s Alternate Universe Broughams  Don Andreina

1973 Australian Fairlane ZXGLQ-FU: That Thing Got A FEMI? (Curbside Fiction)    Paul N

1973 Ford Mustang Convertible – Motorized Malpractice, Or Just What The Doctor Ordered?  Perry Shoar

1973 Ford LTD: Bring On the Bloat!  J P  Cavanaugh

1973 Ford Gran Torino: Self Esteem Issues

1974 Thunderbird: A Mark By Any Other Name…

1974 Mustang Mach 1: The Soul Survivor

1974 Mustang II Notchback – Mustang II, Recognition Zero  Joseph Dennis

1975 Country Squire: The Car That Made Di-Noc Millions

1975 Gran Torino: Isolation Chamber

1975 Thunderbird: Cherries Are Optional   Jason Shafer

1975 LTD Coupe – The Hoop-Tee-Dee  Joseph Dennis

1976 Mustang II Cobra: Ford’s Deadly Sin No. 2

1976 Elite: A Highfalutin’ Hash  J P Cavanaugh

1977 Thunderbird Town Landau: Her Name Was Lola      Joseph Dennis

1977 LTD II Brougham: The Thunderbird’s Less Successful Brother

1977 Granada Ghia – LTD Lite   T. Klockau

1978 Fairmont: That Very Rare Honest American Car   Paul N

1978 Mustang II Cobra: The Winter Of My Discontent

1978 Granada: Granola For Breakfast  Joseph Dennis

1978 Mustang II King Cobra – The First 5.0 And A Screaming Cobra  Aaron65

1978 Pinto Wagon – Disappointment As Necessity   Perry Shoar

1978 Pinto V6: The One I Didn’t Buy   David Saunders

1978 LTD: The Last Of The Whoppers

1978 Fiesta: Here today, Gone Tomorrow      Paul N

1978 Ford F250 SuperCab – A Superior Cab Leads To Everlasting Supremacy

1979-1982 Mustang: A Clean Break   W. Stopford

1979 Mustang Indy 500 Pace Car Replica

1980 Fairmont Futura: Back To The Futura  J P Cavanaugh

1980 Pinto Wagon: The Pinto’s Long Colorful End      Paul N

1980 Thunderbird: The Fabulous FUBAR Edition

1981 Ford Fairmont Futura Wagon – Dystopian Family Hauler?   Perry Shoar

1981-1990 Escort: You Never Get A Second Chance To Make A Good Impression       Paul N

1983 Thunderbird Heritage: Some Heritage Is Best Left in the Past  Brendan Saur

1984-1994 Ford Tempo: A Car I Love To Hate  Perry Shoar

1985 Mustang SVO   Paul N

1985 EXP: Ford’s Ugly Little Sin    Paul N

1986 LTD Crown Victoria:  The Final Ford   J P Cavanaugh

1986 LTD Crown Victoria Wagon: Delightfully Di-Noc-less  Brendan Saur

1986 Thunderbird Elan: A Fox in a Bird’s Feathers

1986 Taurus (History): A Breakthrough Car E. Snitkoff

1986 Taurus/Sable: At This Moment, You Mean Everything   Ed Snitkoff

1986 Thunderbird   GGH06

1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe – 200 MPH Standing Still   Aaron65

1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe (Capsule)

1987-1988 Mustang LX: Our Dirty Little Secret  Dave Skinner

1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe: Ask And You Shall Receive

1989 LTD Crown Victoria: If It’s Good Enough For Ben Matlock

1990 Ford Escort LX – Still Going Places, But Not Really  Jason Shafer

1990 Ford Taurus: Redefining The Station Wagon Jim Grey

1990 Ford Thunderbird (And The MN-12 Platform)  Jason Shafer

1990 – ’93 Ford Festiva: Like A Fiesta!  Joseph Dennis

1991 Mustang GT: Dark Horse  Joseph Dennis

1992 Explorer: The Most Influential Ford Of The Past Thirty Years  Brendan Saur

1992 Ford F-150: My Road Trip With Grandpa Albert

1993 Taurus – From America’s Sweetheart To Hertz’s A-List Star   B. Saur

1994 Ford Escort: Success And Shame  Perry Shoar

1994 Mustang GT: The Car That Almost Wasn’t

1995 Aerostar: How Hard Can It Be To Make A Minivan?

1995 Club Wagon Chateau: Welcome To The Club   J P Cavanaugh

1995 Taurus SE: Are You Not Entertained?

1995 Windstar   Richard Bennett

1995-1997 Probe : It Didn’t Name Itself   J. Dennis

1996 Escort LX  Jason Shafer

1996 Taurus Analysis: Misguided Styling Creates The Biggest Fumble Of The Modern Era  E. Snitkoff

1996-99 Taurus/Sable: All Things Must Pass

1996-98 Taurus Ghia (Australia)  William Stopford

1996-99 Taurus Wagon: Making Over A Family Friend   William Stopford

1997 Ford Expedition – My Introduction To Excess  Brendan Saur

1998 Crown Victoria LX: Beginning Of The End

1999 Escort ZX2: Pride Comes From Within

2001 Crown Victoria (P-71): The Jewel Of The Crowns  Jason Shafer

2001 Explorer – A Farewell To The Nineties

2005 Escape: Fashionably Late To The Crossover Party

2005 Five Hundred – This Is Not A Taurus, Is It?  G. Solis

2006 Taurus: Nobody’s Hero

Top 10 Obscure Special Editions and Forgotten Limited-Run Models: Ford Edition – Part 1, Part 2    William S



1937 Lincoln Zephyr V-12  Robert Kim

1958 Continental Mark III: The Party’s Over  Carmine

1956 Continental Mark II: Caught In The Pincers Paul N

1960 Sedan: Trying To Out-Cadillac Cadillac

1960 Mark V   Tom Klockau

1965 Continental: The Last Great American Luxury Car

1968 Continental Coupe:  At Last

1968-1971 Mark III    Paul N

1970 Lincoln Continental Coupe: Hot Rod Lincoln

1972 Continental Mark IV: About Fathers, Sons, and Cars   J P Cavanaugh

1972 Lincoln Continental Coupe: Oh Baby, Your Broughaminess Is My Destiny  Tom Klockau

1975 Continental Mark IV: Former Cover Girl Now Living on the Wrong Side of the Tracks   Jim Grey

1975 Continental Mark IV: A Lincoln Mark IV Passes A Gas Station…For A Change  Joseph Dennis

1976 Continental Mark IV Givenchy Edition: Aqua Couture

1976 Continental Mark IV: Gas Fed Beef

1977 Versailles: Pig In A Poke

1977-1979 Mark V: A Formative Influence   Don Andreina

1978 Continental Mark V: Old School’s Last Graduate   J P Cavanaugh

1978 Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee Edition  Brendan Saur

1978 Town Coupe: CAFE Is Coming

1979 Continental Collector’s Series   Tom Klockau

1979 Continental Mark V Collector’s Series: The Mayor of Brougham City?   Jana Lingo

1979 Continental Town Car: Sometimes, More Is More   Eric703

1982 Continental: Bustling-Back To Prominence (Capsule)  Brendan Saur

1982 Town Car   Jason Shafer

1983 Mark VI: Missing The Mark   J P Cavanaugh

1984-92 Continental Mark VII: The Forgotten Car

1986 Continental   Tom Klockau

1988 Town Car Signature Series: My Curbside Classic – A Tactful Rebuttal

1989 Town Car: Hurtling Into Twenty-Sixteen  Joseph Dennis

1989 Lincoln Town Car & 1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham – Buses & Broughams  Joseph Dennis

1990-92 Mark VII LSC SE: Not Your Uncle Max’s Mark

1994 Town Car   Tom Klockau

1995-2002 Continental: In Pursuit Of The Pursuer   William Stopford

1995 Mark VIII    Tom Klockau

1997 Lincoln Town Car Executive Series And Friends: Landau Anyone?  Tom Klockau

2000 Continental: Time Doesn’t Change Everything  Brendan Saur

2003 LS V8 – (Momentarily) Reach Higher  Brendan Saur

Top 10 Obscure Special Editions & Forgotten Limited-Run Models: Lincoln-Mercury – Part 1, Part 2   William S


1940 Eight Convertible: Preparing For Active Duty, Again  J. Shafer

1942 “Woody” Station Wagon: An American Icon

1956 Medalist: The Big M   J P Cavanaugh

1957 Monterey: Does Anyone Who’s Running This Place?   Aaron65

1959 Monterey 2 Door Hardtop: Mercury Retrograde  L. Jones

1959 Monterey: A Little More Chrome, Please?

1960 Comet: Orphan Looking For A Home

1961 Meteor 800: The Beginning Of The End

1962 Mercury Comet   Aaron65

1962 Mercury Monterey Custom: No Respect   J P Cavanaugh

1962 and 1970 Mercury Convertibles–If the Owner Traded up Every Eight Years, What’s Next?   Aaron65

1963 Comet S-22 Convertible   Jason Shafer

1963 Meteor: Falling To Earth With A Resounding Thud

1963 Monterey Breezeway: The Cure For The Heatwave

1963 Marauder: Peppered With Plundering Promise

1964 Comet 202: To The Moon And Back

1964 Comet 404 – A Celestial Body At Dusk  Joseph Dennis

1964/65 Mercury Comet, the 100,000 Mile Durability Champion!   Aaron65

1966 Monterey: And The Indian Summer Of The Full-Sized Convertible

1966 Mercury Commuter Wagon (and Ford Country Sedan)

1966 Colony Park Wagon: The Finest This Side Of A Lincoln?   Brendan Saur

1967 Mercury Comet 202 Two-Door Sedan – Cheap Thrills  Dave Skinner

1967 Mercury Cougar Convertible (Customization): Cheshire Cat  Joseph Dennis

1968 Cougar: Mercury’s (Only?) Greatest Hit  PN

1968 Monterey: Show Me Your Mercury

1969 Montego: Another Mercury Moment

1969 Mercury Monterey Custom  Jason Shafer

1969 Cougar: Premium Ponycar

1969 Monterey Custom – Driving Review  J. Shafer

1970 Marauder X-100: Bootylicious

1970 Mercury Montego MX Brougham: Mixed Messages  Paul N

1971-1978 Capri: Ponycar Reborn

1971-1973 Cougar: The Brougham Pony Car (and Moms First Ride

1971 Mercury Montego  Jason Shafer

1971 Monterey: You Could Have Had A Marquis

1971 Comet    Jim Cavanaugh

1972 Comet GT: Rhymes With…

1973 Capri: Get Yours Today, At The Sign Of The Cat

1973 Monterey Custom: A Great Name’s Last Ride   J P Cavanaugh

1973 Marquis Brougham (Capsule)

1974 Mercury Comet – Can You See Those Bumpers From Space Yet?  Brendan Saur

A Blazing (Mercury) Comet  Robert Kim

1976 Marquis: John And Margie Come Visiting From Cut And Shoot

1977-79 Cougar XR-7: The First Thundercat  Robert Kim

1977-79 Cougar XR-7   William Stopford

1977 Monarch Ghia   Dave Skinner

1978 Bobcat: The Incredible 12 Second Quarter Mile 75 MPG Steam-Injected Bobcat

1980 Capri RS

1980 Cougar XR-7: The Very Common Dishonest Car

1980 Zephyr Z7   Paul N

1981 Cougar: The Only Two Door Sedan Cougar     Paul N

1984 Mercury Capri RS Turbo: Ford Had Turbo Motors To Spare!

1986 Grand Marquis Colony Park LS: The Staunch Traditionalist  Brendan Saur

1986 Sable Wagon: Station Wagon Envy #1

1988 Mercury Tracer: The Road To Hiroshima Runs Through Hermosillo  Perry Shoar

1988 Colony Park: Colonizing Mercury

1988 Cougar LS Bostonian Edition – What’s That You Say, Mrs. Robinson?  Brendan Saur

1988-94 Topaz & Ford Tempo: Sabotaging Yourself Is Easy   William Stopford

1989 Grand Marquis LS: Panthers Run In The Family   J P Cavanaugh

1990 Grand Marquis GS – An All-American Classic   Brendan Saur

1990 Sable LS Wagon – The Shape You Want To Be In (Capsule)  Brendan Saur

1991 Mercury Topaz LTS   Aaron65

1992 Sable GS – Successful By Any Measure  Brendan Saur

1992 Topaz Coupe V6 – Oxymoron or Moronic?

1992 Tracer LTS: Almost Forgotten Gem

1993-2002 Villager & Nissan Quest: Official Car of Washington Heights   William Stopford

1996 Mystique: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished  Perry Shoar

1996-99 Sable: A Messenger Carrying An Illegible Message  William Stopford

1997 Mountaineer – Exploring Higher Elevations  Brendan Saur

1999 Villager – It Takes A Town And Country, Not Just A Village  Brendan Saur

1997 Tracer LS – Vanishing Trace  Brendan Saur

2004-07 Monterey: Last Hurrah   William Stopford

2008-2009 Sable: New Doors Closed  Brendan Saur

Top 10 Obscure Special Editions & Forgotten Limited-Run Models: Lincoln-Mercury – Part 1, Part 2   William S


Merkur XR4TI: What’s In A Name?

1985-89 XR4TI: Too Close To The Sun   William Stopford

1988 Scorpio: Yes, I Finally Found One  Brendan Saur

1988 Scorpio: Nice Landing, Wrong Airport  Paul N.


Ford South America and Mexico

Ford Corcel: The Confusing History of a Multinational Brazilian Classic   Rubens

Maverick in Brazil: From Deception to Passion   Rubens

The Near-Immortal Ford Falcon in Argentina   Paul N

Maverick GT (Brazil)   R.Kim

Ford Fairlane Argentina With 292 Y-Block V8   PN

1980 Ford Laundau: The ’66 Ford’s Second Life in Brazil   PN