The Ford Motor Company is without a doubt an automotive institution. Long revered as one of the fabled “Big Three”, the popularity of Ford has endured through thick and thin for well over a century now. Nothing better encapsulates Ford’s long-standing appeal than the fact that since its establishment in 1903 the company has produced many of the best selling vehicles of all time.
The Sales Phenomenon: The F-Series
The best selling Ford of all time is the F-Series. More than that, with worldwide sales of more than 40 million units to date, the model actually ranks as the second best selling vehicle of all time. Staggeringly, despite the fact that the model dates back as far as 1948, the popularity of Ford’s flagship truck shows no signs of abating. In 2019 alone, 896,526 units were sold in the United States. Not only did this make the F-Series the best selling vehicle in the United States for the 38th Consecutive year, but it was also the model’s 43rd successive year as the nation’s top-selling truck.
The Workhorse: The Transit
Another Ford model which has enjoyed runaway popularity is the Transit. Having notched sales of more than 8 million globally it ranks as the third best-selling van of all time. As with the F-Series, the Transit’s popularity has proved to be no flash in the pan. Indeed, in 2019, the Transit, on the back of sales totalling an eye-catching 153,868 units, celebrated its 41st consecutive year as America’s best selling van.
The Cultural Icon: The Mustang
The Mustang is another of Ford’s perennial hits. With sales topping 9 million over the course of more than 50 years, the Mustang is the 25th best selling car of all time. Moreover, for a sports car, like the Mustang, to rank so highly on a list dominated by practical family cars is doubly impressive. However, in many ways, the sales figures only tell half the story of a car which over time has evolved to become a cultural touchstone. Indeed, the fact that more than half a century after its launch the model was still America’s top-selling sports car in 2019 is a testament to the deep-seated affinity people have for the Mustang.
The Game Changer: The Model T
The popularity of Ford first took flight into the mainstream with the launch of the Model T in 1908. Considering the still fledgling nature of the car industry at the time, it is remarkable to think that an estimated 16.5 million Model Ts were sold before the Tin Lizzie, as it was affectionately known, was eventually discontinued in 1927. What’s more, its stratospheric sales performance is enough to rank the game-changing Model T as the 9th highest selling vehicle of all time.