Ford has been responsible for some of the most iconic cars in the industry. And although you may have a love/hate relationship with all of the Ford models, we think you'll have a hard time identifying the decade each car was introduced in. If you think we're wrong, prove it by taking this quiz. There's no prize for acing it, but you'll definitely have bragging rights.
Some of the best cars in the world have been made by Ford. Even more importantly for car enthusiasts, some of the most recognizable cars have also been made by Ford. Of course, you don't have to love every model to consider yourself an "enthusiast" either. For instance, do you remember the Ford Pinto? One of the biggest mistakes in the history of Ford, the Pinto was introduced in the 1970s, and it was the first subcompact produced by the company. Unfortunately, Ford designers introduced quite a flaw in this model, which ultimately cost the company millions of dollars in lawsuits, and which serves as a lesson to businesses all over the world as what not to do in business. Needless to say, by 1980, the Pinto was a thing of the past, and Ford will probably never live down the embarrassment.
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Incredibly, the Ford F-150 series is now in its thirteenth generation, having first run in 1948. This is the go-to truck in America and has been the top seller in the truck market for the past three decades.
The Crown Victoria was introduced by Ford in 1991. This 4-door sedan was built up until 2011 and over that twenty-year period, only two different generations were produced.
The Ford Model N was produced between 1906 and 1908. It was only made in the color maroon and featured an engine at the front of the car, unlike the Model A and Model C. Over 7,000 were built.
The Ford Escort was first released as a model in Europe in 1964. One of the most iconic Ford brands on the continent, six generations were produced over a 36-year period throughout the world.
The Excursion was built by Ford between 1999 and 2005. It was marketed as a heavy-duty SUV vehicle and seen as competition for both the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban.
The Model T is one of the most iconic cars ever built. Not only did Henry Ford make a car that was affordable but he was able to produce them at such a rate to be able to keep up with the demand. From 1908 to 1927, 15 million Model T's were sold in the United States. This was the most for any vehicle until the VW Beetle finally surpassed it.
The Ford P68, also known as the F3L was a prototype race car built in the United Kingdom. Despite its incredible looks and racing potential, it proved to be very unstable especially at high speed. It never won a race it entered.
The Fiesta was originally made for the European and other world markets with the model first produced in 1976. It was only the sixth generation Fiesta, released in 2010 that was made available in the United States.
This light commercial van was first produced by Ford in 1965 and remains an important model in their lineup to this day. In fact, over the years, Ford has sold over 8 million Transits. The vehicle is currently in its fourth generation.
A utility coupe produced by Ford from 1957 to 1979, the Ranchero was actually adapted from a station wagon design. Over 500,000 Rancheros were sold in the 22 years it was produced.
The Focus was originally made for European and other world markets. It was first introduced in the USA in 1999. There are many variants currently available including a diesel-powered model. It is also available in an all-electric version, built to compete with the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.
The Ford Ka (no, we are also not sure how to pronounce it) was a popular product in many overseas markets and was first introduced in 1996. This small vehicle features in the city car segment.
The first 4x4 Bronco hit the trails in 1966 and between that year and 1977, proved to be a more than capable off-roader. Blessed with a turning circle of just 33.8 feet, thanks to a wheel-base of 92-inches, later models also included a Ford V8 engine with incredible torque. Bronco production ended in 1996 after 30 years, but Ford will reintroduce the model in around 2019.
Is it a Ford? Technically, yes. The Maulitier or Mule was a German half-track vehicle used by the armed forces during World War II. This name was given to all the half-tracks produced with many of them converted from Ford trucks.
First released in 1964, the Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. Sales in its first year were well beyond what Ford had envisioned as around 400,000 vehicles were shifted.
Launched in 1956, the Parkland was a two-door station wagon. It was powered by either a straight six or V8 engine and had a 3-speed transmission.
Another one of Ford's big selling models, the Taurus first entered production in 1986. Currently in its sixth generation, the car competes in the full-size car segment. In the last five years, over 400,000 units of this model have been sold in America alone.
The Ford Mondeo was first produced in 1993. Considered to be one of Ford's 'World Cars', the Mondeo has sold in many countries across the globe. It was marketed as the Contour in the North American market.
The Probe was a small sports car produced by Ford from 1989 till 1997. It was actually based on the Mazda G-platform with a front-wheel-drive configuration.
Produced from 1969 to 1977, the Maverick was a compact 2- or 4-door sedan. It came with a range of powerplant options, the biggest of which was a 5-liter V8.
An SUV first produced by Ford in 1991, the Explorer currently competes in the full-size crossover SUV market. It is in its fifth generation. Three engine options are available for the Explorer including an Ecoboost 3.5-liter V6 which produces 365 brake horsepower. This popular model has sold over 1 million units in the United States in the last five years.
The Ford Expedition is a full-sized SUV that has been in production in the United States since 1996 and is currently in its fourth generation. Despite selling over 200,000 units a year from 1997 to 2000, figures have slowly dropped and in 2016, Ford sold just over 59,000 units.
The Ford Model R was only produced for a brief period in 1907. Essentially it was the same as the Model N but the body was a little bigger, with larger fenders and an oil lamp.
The Ford Fusion mid-sized sedan was first put into production by Ford in 2006. It quickly became one of their most popular models with close to a million units sold in the three-year period from 2013 to 2015. A range of models are currently available including fully electric versions as well as a hybrid.
This full-sized crossover utility vehicle has been in production in the United States since 2008. It includes two powerplant options, both V6 engines.
The Ford E Series van was first produced in 1961. Four different generations were built up until 2014 when the marque was replaced by the new Transit. The E-Series dominated the van market in North America, claiming well over 70% market share at times.
The Fairlane was produced by Ford between 1955 and 1961 in the full-sized car segment and from 1962 to 1970 in the mid-sized car segment. Over this period, seven generations were produced.
The Model A was the successor to the Model T and was just as much of a success. In a period of only six months between February and July 1929, over 1 million were sold.
The Ford Super Duty is an excellent off-roader and first hit the market in 1999. Thanks to a solid beam axle, the Super Duty offers better axle articulation while the differential also locks the rear electronically. This means the Super Duty handles even the toughest terrain. Top of the range engines on the model will crank out 860 pounds per feet of torque!
The Super Deluxe was produced by Ford between 1941 and 1948. It came in a variety of body styles including a 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible, 4-door sedan as well as a station wagon to mention a few.
Starting out in the full-sized car segment, the Ford LTD, produced by Ford for a 24-year period between 1962 and 1986, moved into the mid-sized segment for its last four years of production. Interestingly, for most of the production run, the LTD was the largest sedan vehicle produced by Ford.
The Ford Country Squire was produced for an incredible 41 years between 1950 and 1991. It saw seven different generations at that time and was produced as both a 2-door and 4-door model.
A mid-sized car model produced by Ford from 1968 to 1976, the Torino's most popular layouts included the two-door sedan. Ford also produced a few Torino models with higher performance specs. Most were powered by 7-liter 'Cobra Jet' engine and are considered to be muscle cars.
The SVT Lightning was introduced in 1993 and essentially is an F-150 truck with a little extra under the hood. The Lightning was powered by a 5.8 liter V8, while handling was improved thanks to an upgraded suspension system.
One of Ford's offerings in the highly competitive compact crossover market, the Escape has sold close to 1.5 million units in the past five years. The Escape is not only popular in the States, however. Named the Kuga in other parts of the world, it sells well in Europe and Australia. It is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive and has a six-speed gearbox as standard.
The Ford Scorpio was a model released in Europe between 1985 to 1998. It formed part of the executive car segment with two generations released during the 13 years it was produced.
The Kuga is essentially the Ford Escape, but for markets outside the United States. These include Europe, Australia, and South Africa to name a few. This compact crossover features all-wheel drive as well as front-wheel drive models with a range of Ecotec engine options.
The Ford Deluxe Roadster was built in the 1930s. This super quick car was favored by both the police as well as gangsters of the time. Power on the Deluxe Roadster was provided by a V8 engine that produced 85 brake horsepower.
Released in 2003, the Ford C-Max is featured in the MPV class. The C-Max was Ford's first hybrid-only vehicle launched in the United States. To date, there has been two generations of this popular MPV.
Produced for a decade between 1970 and 1980, the Pinto was a Ford model in the subcompact car segment, their first car in this segment in America. It had three body styles - a two-door coupe, station wagon and three-door hatchback.
Built between 1958 and 1971, the Galaxie was so named to take advantage of the space race between the USSR and the United States. This vehicle was in direct competition for the Chevrolet Impala.
The first generation of the GT40 won the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for four straight years from 1966 to 1969. This included filling out the top three positions in 1966. Only 105 were produced.
The Ford Tempo was an attempt by the American company to produced a small vehicle that would compete with Japanese imports in the 1980s. The Tempo was also badged by Mercury under the name Topaz. This compact car was produced from 1983 to 1994.
Related to the Mazda B-Series, the Ford Ranger was produced in the United States over a 29-year period up until 2012. Ford plans to reintroduce the model in 2019. The Ranger is still sold in international markets, however.
The Cortina was a product of Ford Britain and found throughout Europe between 1962 and 1982. It was extremely popular and the top seller in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. It was replaced by another popular European Ford, the Sierra.
The first minivan offered by Ford in the United States, the AeroStar was sold for a 12-year period between 1985 and 1997. During that time, over 2 million were sold.
A special edition of the Gran Torino, the King Cobra was meant to dominate NASCAR for Ford. Unfortunately, only three were ever produced.
Available in the United States since 2006 and Europe a decade later, the Edge competes in the mid-size crossover SUV segment. Currently in its second generation, the marque offers three engine options on US models with the 3.5-liter Duratec V6 the largest available.
This Ford minivan was produced for a nine-year period between 1994 and 2003. It was only the second minivan that Ford had made available in the United States and replaced the AeroStar. In 2010, Ford was forced to recall 575,000 Windstars due to rear-axle issues.
The Model B was developed by Ford and released in 1932. It included a 60 degree, V-8 engine with a displacement of 299 cubic inches.