When people think about the early days of Ford, they think of the trusty old Model T. And why wouldn’t they? It’s the car that put America on wheels, cemented the model of the modern assembly line, and for 19 years, was the only product Ford made. And they made a lot of them to boot: 15 million to be exact. But before the Model T, there was the 999, a racer that Henry Ford built himself and in 1904 set a land speed record in – at 91.37 miles per hour.
Few automakers can claim a performance heritage that stretches back this far, but then again, few other automakers that can match up with the storied history of Ford at all. The company has long been at the forefront when it comes to new technology, and with its current performance stable, not to mention the cutting-edge aluminum-intensive F-150, it boasts one of the most competitive lineups in the world.
While Ford has definitely carved themselves a niche in the pickup and SUV markets (its truck sales account for around 90% of the company’s profits) in recent decades, it’s also released a steady stream of legendary performance cars too. The storied Mustang has seen 51 unbroken years of production, with dozens of facelifts and variants. And let’s not forget it’s success in that brief decade when it decided to take racing seriously (thank you, Carroll Shelby). While Ford’s interest in performance has waxed and waned in the years since (read: the 1970s), the company’s performance history is pretty damn impressive, especially when you consider that it could just as easily get by selling trucks and family cars.
So, what are Ford’s fastest, you ask? We’ve gone over the Blue Oval’s century-plus of performance, and compiled them right here for you, ranked by the quickest time from 0-60 miles per hour, for lack of a better, more encompassing metric. Since Ford doesn’t provide testing data on their own, the information and performance stats are from third-party reviews and experiences. Also, third-party modified models (sorry Shelby, Saleen, et al.), race cars and one-offs were excluded.
Read on to see Ford’s fifteen fastest cars of all time.