Posts Tagged: Ford history

Ford Capri mk1 (1969-1973)
By February 15, 2012 Read More →

Ford Capri mk1 (1969-1973)

Ford Capri made its international public debut in January 1969 at the Brussels Motor Show. Ford had great success in North America with the Ford Mustang, and Capri was Ford’s answer to recreate that success in Europe. Originally Ford planned to name the car Colt, but as Mitsubishi had taken that name, the new car was named Ford Capri. The sales of the Ford Capri started in February 1969. Technically Capri was based on the Cortina, but was offered with a wide range of engine choices.

Henry Ford’s Sweepstakes (1901)
By March 31, 2011 Read More →

Henry Ford’s Sweepstakes (1901)

In late 1900, Henry Ford’s fortunes were at a low ebb. His first venture in auto manufacturing, the Detroit Automobile Company, was going out of business after producing 19 or 20 vehicles in a year of operation. The cars had not sold well and Ford wanted to develop a better one, but his stockholders decided to dissolve the company. The car Ford wanted to build would be mass-produced, uncomplicated, reliable, and sold at a price most people could afford. That was a revolutionary idea in 1901, when the automobile was still a novelty, and much too expensive for all but the very wealthy.

Ford Mustang Boss 351 (1971)
By August 31, 2010 Read More →

Ford Mustang Boss 351 (1971)

Boss returned for one more year, this time wearing the new-for-1971 sheet metal marking a longer, lower and wider Mustang than ever before. Under the hood, changes were equally dramatic, with the company’s 351 Cleveland V8 supplying the basis for motivation, matched as always with a four-speed manual gearbox. But with Ford pulling out of all factory-sponsored motorsports after 1970, the Boss 351 was denied a key element cementing the status of its predecessors: the proof testing provided by an official racing program.

Ford Mustang Boss 429 (1969-1970)
By August 20, 2010 Read More →

Ford Mustang Boss 429 (1969-1970)

While the Boss 302 was intended to be a perfectly balanced road race car, the Ford Mustang Boss 429 had a decidedly different mission in life – uncompromised acceleration. Although the exterior appearance was similar to that of the Boss 302, the 429 engine under the hood was a heavily detuned version of a new Ford NASCAR racing powerplant.

Ford Mustang Boss 302 (1969-1970)
By August 19, 2010 Read More →

Ford Mustang Boss 302 (1969-1970)

With styling tweaked by newly arrived Ford designer Larry Shinoda, the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 sported front and rear spoilers, a blacked-out hood treatment, and racy side stripes for a look that screamed performance. Under the bodywork, the Boss 302 didn’t disappoint. Its engine combined a four-bolt main Windsor small-block with reworked heads from the then-new 351 Cleveland engine.

Ford Thunderbird (1955-1957)
By May 6, 2010 Read More →

Ford Thunderbird (1955-1957)

Two men, Louis D. Crusoe and George Walker, were primarily responsible for the birth of the Thunderbird. Both were devoted to the automobile and its constant development and refinement. Crusoe, a millionaire lured out of retirement by Henry Ford II, was a businessman with a solid “feel” for the automobile market. Walker, later a Ford vice president and chief stylist, is described by contemporaries as a “stylist with the soul of an artist burning in his heart.”