Have you ever wondered which are the most popular Ford classics? To answer that, we have two additional questions to consider. The first is defining a classic and deciding which Ford cars fit that definition. The second is deciding how we determine popularity.
Ford classic definition
The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) defines a classic as a car built between 1925 and 1948, but it only includes cars that were at the exclusive end of the market and built in small quantities, so Ford doesn't feature on list of CCCA Approved Classics. No help there then.
Fortunately, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) is a little more useful. It considers classic vehicles to be specific models manufactured between 1925 and 1942. While Ford again fails to feature on its list of specified classic vehicles, Ford models fall into other classes, such as Factory High Performance, for the larger later models generally known as American muscle cars.
While all Ford models between 1932 and 1948 fall into collective V4 or V8 Ford categories, and later models into Factory High Performance Ford categories, the earlier Model T (1909-1927) and Model A (1928-1931) and later Thunderbird (1955-1957) and Mustang (1967-1987) models have classes of their own, indicating their popularity.
Thunderbird and Mustang
The Model T and Model A don't fall into the classic definition; they would instead be considered vintage or antique cars. This leaves the Thunderbird and Mustang as the most popular Ford classics, at least from a classic car enthusiast's point of view.
Other contenders might include 1950s models Crestliner, Country Squire, Ranchero, the various Fairlane models or even the British-made Consul and Zephyr. Other 1960s contenders would be the Falcon and the Galaxie, but none of these have quite the same stature as the Thunderbird and Mustang. Perhaps the best evidence of this is the fact that the Thunderbird, first manufactured in 1955, was only retired in 2005, and the Mustang, introduced in 1964, is still in production today. Of course the later models bear very little resemblance to the early classics.