Independence Day is obviously an important date in American history, essentially marking the nation’s birthday and the day it gained, well, independence. In the many years since July 4, 1776, America has become known for a lot of things, from its apple pie to a resilient manufacturing prowess. But to us, there’s nothing more patriotic than a good old fashioned American Ford model.
Ford has produced some of the most iconic vehicles in American history over its illustrious history, beginning with the Model T and culminating with the modern-day F-Series pickups. So we thought it would be fun to celebrate this independence day with five of the most American Ford vehicles ever produced, though one could easily make the case to expand this list even further.
We certainly can’t make a list of American Ford vehicles without the venerable F-Series. After all, these trucks are produced 100 percent in the U.S., as they always have been. The F-Series is also a critical component of not only Ford’s business, but also the U.S. economy. The second-best selling consumer product in America generated $42 billion in revenue in 2019 alone, and supports over 19,000 jobs and 2,000 suppliers, all of which are located in the U.S. And it’s been doing that since 1948.
While the current Ford Ranger started out as a global product, the nameplate itself is distinctly American. The original compact Ranger was created for the U.S. and Canadian markets, and debuted in 1983. It continued on for 29 years, spawning a variety of other models before its demise in 2011. The current Ranger is produced for the U.S. at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, and was recently named the most American vehicle in the world for 2020.
The beloved Ford Bronco is finally returning on July 13th, and Americans couldn’t be more excited. The Bronco first appeared back in 1966 as a distinctly American product designed to capitalize on the adventurous off-road spirit of the time. Over the years, the Bronco has evolved from a compact SUV to a full-size utility and now a mid-size vehicle based on the current Ranger. But one thing hasn’t changed – America’s love for the charming and rugged off-roader.
The Ford E-Series has been in production since 1960, making it second only to the F-Series as the longest-running Ford nameplate in history. Over those years, it’s served a number of roles, starting out as a cargo van, passenger van, and pickup truck dubbed the Econoline. From 1980 to its 2015, the E-series van was the best-selling full-size van in the United States, holding a nearly 80 percent share of the segment. Today, the Transit has become Ford’s commercial van of choice, but the E-Series carries on as a commercial cutaway-cab vehicle.
Few cars are as American as the Ford Mustang. The beloved pony car has been in production since 1964.5, making it the longest-running Ford car nameplate in history. When it launched, the Mustang became the most successful vehicle launch since the Model A, blowing away Ford’s original expectations of selling 100,000 cars its first year when buyers scooped up 400,000 of them. It only took two years to sell a million, and by 2018, ten million of them had been sold. And while others have tried to unseat the Mustang, it remains the best-selling muscle car on the market today.