2011 Ford Shelby GT500Enlarge Photo
If you're a follower of High Gear Media "on the Twitters," as doddering journosaurs know it, you've seen this tweet this morning from our colleagues @Ford: "In 1953, Ford produced its 40-millionth U.S.-built vehicle. We're still going strong! What is your all-time favorite Ford vehicle?"
If it makes you take a trip down memory lane, you're not alone. I'm from a Ford family, and I dare not share my dad's favorite prefix for another domestic car company for you here. We drove Fords of all stripes: Mustangs, Thunderbirds, Tauruses, F-150s, Expeditions, even a handful of Lincolns. Over the past 50 years, it's safe to say my gene pool did a deep-dive into Dearborn--including the two years I actually lived in Ford's backyard
So you might say I have some vivid memories of Ford's best--and worst--from the years gone by. Lucky for me, I've been able to erase some not-so-great memories with rides in the latest cars, one of which has me cleaning out a garage and planning a home for a convertible I've always wanted.
We're sure you do, too. Today, while you're waiting for the clock to count down to 5 p.m., fire up your Twitter client and tell us your favorite Fords of all time at this hashtag: #FavFord.
Meanwhile, here's my list, open for your comments. Keep it civil, keep it clean--and keep the Ghia, if you know what I mean:
#FavFord: 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. With 550 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque on tap, there's almost no speed hurdle the Shelbyfied 2011 Mustang can't handle. The suspension's been tamed extremely well by live-axle standards--and the first time you grab the ball shifter and notch it into gear, you'll understand the grassroots appeal and the huge leap forward in usability in this generation of Mustang.
1977 Ford Mustang IIEnlarge Photo
#Fail: 1978 Ford Mustang II Ghia. My second car represented the dark side of the Mustang, down to its plaid seats and a vinyl landau top. Even with a 302 V-8, "unpalatable" would be too weak a word.