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The top 5 classic Fords

Prior to World War 2, Ford made some of the best selling and best looking automobiles in the United States. The automaker was able to transition from early automobile design to the more streamlined designs of the early 1930s better than other manufacturers and they recognized the need to change what they were selling as often as they could.

Lets take a look at the five most influential Fords of the pre World War 2 era.

5. The 1939 Ford Deluxe

While the 1939 Ford could be on this list for its looks alone, the reason it appears is down to a mechanical feature. In '39 Ford finally dropped the "Steel from foot to wheel" slogan and incorporated hydraulic brakes on their cars. Ford was a little late to the party as far as other manufactures were concerned, Chevy introduced juice brakes in 1935. Ford did their brakes in a way that was actually beneficial to earlier Ford cars and trucks. The new brakes were designed to be a sort of retro fit for the 1939 model year. As a result, the brake system can be fitted to earlier Fords with very little work.

4. The Model A

The Model A is on this list for two very easy to understand reasons. Firstly, despite Henry's objections to producing a new car, the company went ahead with its production and put the company on the path to modernizing it's offerings. In other words, they were able to recognize a need to change, so as to remain relevant in the car world. The second reason is for the introduction of, even today, easily recognizable driving controls. This was in an effort to make driving easier for the consumer and to appeal to an even wider audience. Both of these factors are incredibly important for Fords continued success.

3. The Model T

I'm not sure I can shed any more light on the importance of the Model T to the automotive world. I will say that the reason it appears on this list is because it brought driving to the people. It was a cheap to operate and purchase car that was both durable and easy to repair when it did breakdown. Consumers fell in love with it and solidified Ford's place in history.

2. The 1932 Ford

The Deuce is on this list for the reason you may think it is. That beautiful flathead V8 engine! The US fell in love with the V8 because of this car. We have to thank the flathead V8 for the big 1950s barges, our modern understanding of the Hot Rod and the horsepower wars of the 1960s. That's a pretty sweet legacy for a very simple engine.

1. The 1925 Ford Runabout

Yes, a truck is in the number one place. The reason is pretty apparent when you think about just how important the truck has been to the average American. These simple machines, intended for work, have worked out very well. In fact, they worked their way into many a suburban driveway. While those suburban warriors may never require their trucks to do anything remotely resembling manual labor, its important to know they could if needed. That's how important the truck is and has been to regular Americans.

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Comments (7)
  • I like that this list is about the very old ford's from 39 and earlier rather than just the same old Mustang Mustang Mustang post. I just got reminded how nice the 39/40 Ford coupe really is. I would have the 32 deuce please. Coupe without fenders

    30 days ago
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    • I'm all about stuff from 1959 and before. Mustangs are great cars, but I'm over saturated with them.

      30 days ago
  • Yep, the significance of all these models is just huge, and it's great to see it all laid out so clearly and logically. Thanks Chris!

    1 month ago
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