Iconic Ford cars and the people who drove them
Over the years, many well-known people and celebrities have driven a range of Ford cars in both film and TV, as can be seen in our article featuring the Top 8 Ford Moments on Screen. Here, we’ve delved even further in the realms of television and film and rounded up a selection of the most famous vehicles, so if you’re in the market for a new Ford car, why not take a look at some of their iconic predecessors?
1908 Ford Model T
Often referred to as the first affordable vehicle, and named as the world’s most influential car of the 20th century, it goes without saying that the 1908 Ford Model T is one of the most iconic Ford cars. As the car that made automobiles affordable to the masses, mainly due to its assembly line production, the 1908 Ford Model T was built with completely interchangeable parts. Famous drivers of the Ford Model T include Laurel and Hardy, who featured the vehicle in a variety of their silent films.
1932 Ford Deuce Coupe
Due to its popularity in hot rodding, the 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe seemed like the perfect choice for George Lucas when seeking a vehicle to feature in his 1973 classic, American Graffiti. In the movie, the famous modified yellow Deuce Coupe is driven by actor Paul LeMat, who plays character John Milner. The film’s transportation manager, Henry Travers, was given the task of overseeing the coupe’s reconstruction, which saw motorcycle front fenders and aluminium headlight stanchions added to the vehicle.
1948 Ford Deluxe
Greased Lightning is arguably one of the most iconic vehicles in musical film. Grease sees the 1948 Ford Deluxe being transformed by the T-birds, who give the car a makeover in order to race their rival gang, the Scorpions. Driven by John Travolta’s character Danny Zuko, Greased Lightning wins the race, as his love interest Sandy Olsson watches from the side lines.
1962 Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe
Slightly different to those mentioned so far, the Ford Anglia is in fact flown by Rupert Grint’s character Ron Weasley in the second Harry Potter film, The Chamber of Secrets. The light blue car is spellbound by Arthur Weasley, and used to rescue Harry from his locked cupboard under the stairs. In 2010, at the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the majority of the cast arrived at the event in the Knight Bus, however Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint arrived in the flying Ford Anglia.
1965 Ford Econoline
Although modified to the extreme, the 1965 Ford Econoline features as the Mutt Cutts company vehicle in the 1994 comedy film Dumb and Dumber. Driven by both Harry Dunne played by Jeff Daniels and Lloyd Christmas played by Jim Carey, the two embark on a journey across America in order to return a lost briefcase. The ’84 sheepdog’ is ensued in a police hunt for the pair, until Lloyd swaps the vehicle for a scooter following an argument.
1966 Ford Thunderbird
The film Thelma and Louise follows the adventure of two female characters who head off on a vacation in a 1966 convertible Ford Thunderbird. The pair experience a number of disasters on their journey, which includes picking up hitchhiker J.D played by Brad Pitt. The final scene of the film sees the Ford Thunderbird drive off the edge of a cliff as Thelma and Louise attempt to escape the police.
1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 fastback
With customised Ford Mustang’s featuring in both Gone in 60 seconds and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, this model is most certainly desired for its racing qualities. Sean Boswell who plays Lucas Black, drives the Ford Mustang in Tokyo Drift during the final race, while the Ford Mustang in Gone in 60 Seconds is piloted by Nicholas Cage’s character Memphis Raines. Eleanor, the Ford Mustang which features in Gone in 60 Seconds, is the only model of its kind to receive star in the title credits of a movie.
1979 Ford Country Squire LTD
As a full size station wagon, it’s no surprise that the Ford Country Squire is used by both the Griswold family in the National Lampoon’s Vacation and the Henderson family in Harry and the Hendersons. The Wagon Queen Family Truckster, driven by Chevy Chase’s character Clark Griswold, had a pea green paint scheme, with fake wood panelling and eight headlights, and was modified especially for the film. If you’re looking for a reliable family vehicle, then a visit to one of Foray Motor Group’s nine Ford car dealerships will provide you with advice from an expert.
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