Ford Motor Company has employed a number of great nameplates throughout the years: Galaxie, Torino, Thunderbird, and many more. All three of these have since been discarded, of course, the first two being retired in the mid-1970s, while the last survived all the way up until 2005.
If you don’t count its 4-year hiatus after 1997, that is.
But with the revelation that the storied Ford Bronco SUV might again roll through the realm of the living by 2020, and still more recent news that Ford had again filed for a trademark on “Thunderbird,” we can’t help but wonder what other, defunct nameplates the Blue Oval could resurrect. (Note that Ford’s “Thunderbird” trademark application does not necessarily imply that the “personal luxury car” will live once again.)
Which discontinued Ford nameplate would you most like to see return to the North American market? Vote in the poll below.
“F-100” was the standard name for Ford’s half-ton pickup trucks from 1953 until 1975, when the half-ton F-150 was introduced as a light-duty with a heavier payload capacity. They were sold side-by-side until 1984, when the “F-100” name was dropped. How the nameplate might be used today is up to your imagination.
The Ford Galaxie was a full-size sedan, available with two doors or four, from 1959 to 1974. There was also a station wagon variant offered from 1968.
You may have noticed that “Pinto” doesn’t appear in the poll above, because, well, come on. It’s a great name, but it leaves far too sour a taste in consumers’ mouths for us to imagine Ford ever bringing it back.
The Thunderbird was the original “personal luxury car,” initially available only as a two-door convertible from 1955 to 1957 before a coupe was added from 1958, and a landau sedan from 1967. It then went to a coupe-only body style from 1972 until its demise in 1997, before being brought back as a coupe or convertible from 2001 to 2005.
The Ford Torino was an intermediate (mid-size) car available in a variety of 2-door and 4-door styles from 1968 to 1976. It started off as a more upscale variant of the Fairlane, before “Torino” became the primary model name in 1970. Apart from being a rear-wheel drive family car, the Torino went on to represent Ford in NASCAR, spawning several sporty model variants, some with the automaker’s mighty, 7.0-liter “Cobra Jet” V8.