Ford & Malcomson Company Limited was incorporated on June 16, 1903. It was Henry Ford’s third attempt at forming a car company and this one would stick, eventually becoming the Ford Motor Company. Ford proved to be the most important American auto company in those early years. Its adoption of the moving assembly line in 1913 reduced the price of the automobile and put America on wheels. Over its 110-year history, Ford has developed many vehicles that have inspired generations of car fans and pushed the market in new directions. Here, we’ve chosen 15 great cars and milestones from Ford’s history. The Model T isn’t simply the most important Ford; it may be the most important car ever. The Model T is the first car that became affordable to the masses. It was introduced in 1908 at a price of $850, but the most important models wouldn’t arrive until 1913 and thereafter. That’s the year that Ford developed the moving assembly line, allowing output to … [Read more...] about 15 Cars That Shaped The Ford Motor Company
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The new-car market is bursting with activity; it’s incredible how many options exist from affordable subcompacts to high-end sports cars and midsize sedans filled with premium options formerly reserved for the very top of the luxury market. There are plenty of luxurious options as well, and we’ve covered them all right here. So when it’s time to learn more about the cars you’ve been considering, keep reading to find info on fuel economy, acceleration, trim changes, price ranges, and even IntelliChoice five-year retained value—it’s a package you’re only going to find on MotorTrend.com (stay tuned for a separate guide on trucks, vans, and SUVs). And if you’re seeking more info than the entries below provide, don’t miss our industry-leading reviews and our newly designed online buyer’s guide pages. Happy shopping! 5M: 5-speed manual 6A: 6-speed automatic 6-sp auto-cl man: 6-speed auto-clutch manual 7-sp twin-cl auto: 7-speed … [Read more...] about 2017 New Cars: The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide
Now it’s your turn. For the next few pages the cars you’ll read about aren’t million-dollar, one-of-one, low-original-mile rarities. This is the real world, and these cars belong to men and women just like you who love their muscle cars and are willing and capable of spending the sweat equity it takes to keep them on the road. Here is where we relax some of the limitations we put on our other feature cars in terms of vehicle age, wheel size, and provenance, to reflect the makeup of muscle in most garages around the country. Dave Hunter, 1967 Fairlane 500s Anyway, 11 days before I was to leave for my new job, I saw a Fairlane for sale in Corona, just down the road. I had no intention of buying another car since I was leaving soon. “It was a nearly perfect time capsule from 1967” What I found made me cry: a nearly perfect time capsule from 1967. Red on red, 289, power steering, power brakes, A/C, rear window defogger (never seen one of those), 61,000 on … [Read more...] about Readers’ Rides: Your Muscle Cars, Your Stories
Had you been traveling through Laramie, Wyoming, late at night a couple of years ago, you might be relieved to learn that this car and driver actually exist. In your sleep-deprived state, you might’ve doubted your own eyes when a vision of a ’68 Camaro miraculously appeared. Despite subfreezing temperatures, its windows were rolled all the way down, revealing a beautiful young driver. Snowflakes were falling into the car, clinging to her long hair. She was expertly steering and slipping the clutch like an old dirt-track racer. When she turned and smiled, you slapped yourself hard and slammed on the brakes. All you knew for sure was that some shuteye was long overdue. That was no caffeine-induced hallucination, partner. Your dream girl was Liz Miles, widely known around the San Francisco Bay area as simply The Girl With the Camaro. Now 21, this California kid was in Wyoming in 2003-’04 attending the home campus of WyoTech. Her side windows are never rolled up, rain or … [Read more...] about 1968 Chevrolet Camaro – The Real Deal
Why 10 seconds? Hot Rod and Car Craft recently rented the dragstrip at California Speedway in Fontana, California. Hot Rod was there testing a pair of new Hellcat Challengers. We brought our Project Demon and invited several local racers to show up as well, and the turnout was a veritable who’s who of some of the fastest street cars in Southern California. Averaged out, the e.t.’s of all the cars there would be in the low-10s. In addition, the phrase “10 seconds or less” was used in the original The Fast and the Furious movie as a benchmark of what’s considered a fast street car. Whether you’re a fan of the F&F movie franchise, several engine and car builders we’ve known have posited that that infamous line was inspiration for the current generation of their customers. “Whether or not they know what it means, people come in asking us to build them a 10-second car,” one of the car builders recently told us. While it’s easy … [Read more...] about Real-World, 10-Second Street Cars
If you’d stolen a Range Rover and were, one Thursday this month, triumphantly driving it down the A13 from London to Tilbury Docks to stash it in a container on a ship bound for Africa, your luck was just about to run out. Positioned on the eastbound carriageway of this busy road, on a section between Dagenham and the Dartford Crossing, was a police car fitted with an automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) system that alerts officers to vehicles recorded as being linked to crime. Farther down the road were four marked and unmarked pursuit cars, waiting for the nod from the ANPR police car to give chase to any vehicle that the alert system flagged up. Nearby off a slip road, waiting patiently in the teeth of a biting easterly wind blowing across the Essex marshes, was a squad of about 30 police officers, their job to process any vehicle, and its occupants, the pursuit cars escorted in. Your reception committee, if you like, poised to read you your rights – before slapping … [Read more...] about How crooks can steal your car – without the key
My first car was a Mercedes. It wasn’t mine. I was 8 and was not allowed to own a car, let alone drive it. It also wasn’t a car, not in the technical sense. It was a Unimog. This is its story …The farmer neighbor in our small village outside of Munich where I grew up had one, but he was a little shorthanded. So he put me on the truck, lowered the seat so that I could reach the pedals. My mission was to drive slowly down the meadow while that cart wheel hay rake I had in tow collected the hay into nice rows. The neighbor followed with his Lanz Bulldog and a baler. Farmer’s wife and son (and my schoolmate) loaded the bales. The whole scene took place not long after the Unimog was invented. I’m that old. And to this day, I still get hayfever.In 1945, the war was barely over, Albert Friedrich, former chief engineer of Daimler-Benz’s aircraft engine research division, drew up plans of a special vehicle for farmers.The short-lived Morgenthau Plan … [Read more...] about Going Where No Car Has Gone Before: A Pictorial History Of The Unimog
I’ve been on the road for the last few weeks and one of the places I was able to visit was the Smithsonian Institution’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport located just outside of Washington DC. Unlike the National Air and Space Museum located on the national mall close to the capitol building, the Udvar-Hazy Center is an enormous facility and although I have visited other aircraft museums that have had larger collections on display, I think it is safe to say that the Smithsonian’s collection is second to none. The aircraft on display span the history of flight and include both military and civilian examples. More importantly, at least for the sake of this discussion, they come from every corner of the globe and as they sit there, lined up beside one another, it’s easy to compare the craftsmanship of one nation’s products against the next.Years ago I read an interview with one of the men responsible for the restoration of the aircraft I so … [Read more...] about The Culture Of Cars: Real Or Imagined?
Yoyo believes, like other mobility disruptors, that the traditional automobile acquisition and ownership experience is broken. It maintains that the majority of consumers can be provided with more flexible, efficient, lower-cost alternatives to the incumbent model of personal mobility. However, the prevailing two-step distribution system is entrenched and the insurance, maintenance, parking, and other segments of the $2 trillion extended auto industry are not incentivized to embrace change.Will Yoyo’s pay-per-mile subscription model participate in disrupting the calcified status quo? WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE STATUS QUOI love driving. I love having a car that’s mine, ready whenever I want, with my stuff in it. And I love that I can modify it however I like. There are exactly zero alternatives to the status quo that efficiently address my needs. And I understand that much like a golfer, wine enthusiast, or travel addict, I pay a premium for my passion. But … [Read more...] about Can Yoyo, a Pay-Per-Mile Car Subscription, Shake up the Mobility Landscape?
Public disdain for small cars means Ford is going to take U.S. production behind the barn and shoot it.That, Toyota practices good corporate citizenry, Honda worries it can’t build enough CR-Vs, and BMW Films returns with a new action-drenched short starring Clive Owen and the new 5 Series… after the break! Ford is abandoning the small car in the U.S. and Mexico gets the scrapsChanging consumer preferences has led to Ford’s plan to end small-car production in the U.S. by 2018. With incentive spending now higher than ever on cars, the company has finally said enough is enough.“You can only go so far in terms of trying to entice customers to purchase those kinds of products,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said in an interview with Automotive News. “We’ll focus on some of the segments where customers are migrating towards, whether it’s SUVs or pickup trucks, and we’re doing nicely there.”Ford is still going to … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: Ford Is Building Cars in Mexico Because You Won’t Buy Them