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Oldtimer | 24.03.2014 - 18:12

Vintage Vehicles: Five Gorgeous Restorations of Classic Fords

Ford's older models have been some of the most commonly restored classic cars for generations. We take a look at some of the finest restorations of these iconic cars.

Ford has long been a leading name in the car industry, regularly innovating the automotive world through original concepts, excellent design, and quality engineering . As a result of their long-standing presence in the industry, combined with their wide availability, Ford classics have been some of the most commonly restored classic cars for generations. Below, you will find some of the most gorgeous restorations of some of Ford's most beloved models.


Ford Torino

This car has reached icon status in popular culture thanks to its appearance on many television shows and movies, like Gran Torino and  Starsky and Hutch. The Torino's largest presence is in the muscle car market, with the 1972 Gran Torino and the two-door model being the most sought-after incarnations. This restoration of a 1970 model fully realizes the potential of the extraordinarily large engine.


The Thunderbird

Ford produced the Thunderbird for over 50 years, eventually earning the nickname The T-Bird. Hardly any other car has come close to matching a production life of this length. While this rebuild of the 1956 Thunderbird features the soft-top convertable, it is available in a hard-top model as well. Many people point to this vehicle when they cite the beginning of the personal-luxury vehicle. In addition to being the focus of many classic car rebuilds, the T-Bird has made appearances on the NASCAR circuit.


Ford GT40

This two-door roadster had a short run, but it made a lasting impression. It was produced between 1964 and 69' gathering a huge number of followers. The GT40 was built to race and uses some of the highest-performance parts in its engine that Ford has ever produced. This hardware is still widely available for people working on restorations.


1971 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is actually based on designs for the Ford Falcon, compacting many of the most loved features. This car reigns supreme in the world of muscle cars, first hitting the streets in 1964. The Mustang's legacy and solid, classic appeal is apparent in every beautiful restoration, especially the one seen here.


The Ford Model T

The Model T from Ford has been called the most influential classic car of all time. In production from 1908 to 1927, the Model T set the tone for all vehicles to follow. It was the first mass-produced vehicle, exhibiting brilliant designs from the very beginning and also causing the enthusiasm for restorations that we see today.


Any of these cars can be the finest of candidates for any classic restoration project. In general, parts are widely available for these five classics. However, according to an expert from Mack's Auto Parts in St. Louis, they may not all be suited for the novice mechanic. If you're interested in starting a restoration, consider assisting on another project first before tackling one of these iconic, classic Fords.

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