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Ford F-Series

Trucks August 1, 2017

The Ford F-Series comes highly recommended – since 1977 it has been the best selling pickup in the U.S. and the overall best-selling vehicle in both the U.S. and Canada since the early 1980’s. With several iterations to choose from (150 to 750, spanning thirteen generations for the 150 type), this light and medium-duty truck has cornered the market and become the go-to vehicle for a myriad of jobs.

The pickup also has a range of special models for those wanting a more unique look or extra features – from the unibody (similar to the Ranchero) to the special edition F-150 Nite, Eddie Bauer and Harley Davidson, to the SVT Lightning, Raptor and F-150 Tremor (high performance versions of the pickup), to the F-150 Platinum (a luxury version), there are plenty of trucks to fit every buyer’s needs and wants, whether they’re looking for a truck in which to go camping, or simply want a sleek looking vehicle with hauling capabilities.

Despite its main designation as a work truck, it has been entered in and won several races, including the San Felipe 250 (winning a total of eight races in the late 90’s to mid 2000’s), the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and the Primm 300 (three times).

Outside the U.S. and Canada, the Ford F-Series (particularly the special editions) enjoy a following in Europe, Australia and China, where they are often added to car enthusiasts’ collections. The pickup is also sold in certain parts of Central and South America, Africa, and several territories and island chains around the world.

Though the Ford F-Series has been reimagined and retooled throughout its generations, it still remains one of the most popular pickup trucks, able to perform a wide variety of jobs due to its rugged durability, while still retaining its image as a powerful, sleek pickup.

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Ford Thunderbird, the Original Personal Luxury Car

Cars July 3, 2017

Spanning over eleven generations and almost fifty years, the Ford Thunderbird is responsible for carrying thousands of people over hundreds of miles in both comfort and style. Often credited with the creation of the “personal luxury car” niche, the Thunderbird has undergone several changes throughout the years but retained its original purpose as the perfect road trip vehicle.

Almost four and a half million vehicles later, the Ford Thunderbird is still beloved by many Americans who want a less pretentious (and less expensive) convertible or hard top for Sunday afternoon drives, weekend car trips, and the occasional jaunt across country. It has also done well in racing, particularly for NASCAR drivers Bobby Allison, Bill Elliott and Davey Allison, and Alan Kulwicki. The Thunderbird even set a record – during a 1980’s qualifying session at the Talladega Speedway, the vehicle created a new record for the fastest lap in stock car history (over 200 mph), a record which still stands today.

Unfortunately for the Ford Thunderbird, nothing lives forever, no matter how classic and beloved. As time goes by and people live at faster and faster paces, the vehicle simply can’t keep up with the need for more seats, more space, and more economical choices. In 2005, the last Ford Thunderbird rolled off the line.

The good news is that with almost five million Thunderbirds made, there are vehicles available for those who still dream of seeing American in one of these beauties. And who knows? The Thunderbird has been put on hiatus before and been brought back to life. With all the interest in a return to the past for a glimpse into a simpler time, there may yet be another iteration of the Thunderbird for future car lovers. At the very least, it will continue to inspire designers for many years to come.

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