1987 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car, Raced by Bill Elliott

Date:
1987
Creator:
Ford Motor Company

In May 1987 at Talladega, Alabama, Bill Elliott drove this car to the fastest official lap ever run by a stock car when he qualified for the Winston 500 at 212.809 mph. In July Elliott car returned to Talladega and won the Talladega 500 in the same car. The term "stock car" originally meant a car from a dealer's stock, one that was unmodified. For many years racing stock cars were indeed based on real production automobiles. By 1987, however, racing "stock cars" only looked stock. Read more »

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
88.84.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Melling Tool Company and Melling Racing.

1972 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine Used by Ronald Reagan

Date:
1974-1987
Creator:
Ford Motor Company, Lincoln-Mercury Division. Wixom Plant | Research and Engineering Center | PPG Industries

President Ronald Reagan was getting into this car when he was shot by John Hinckley on March 30, 1981. The car carried Reagan to the hospital. Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and George H.W. Bush also used this car. In 1982 the front sheet metal was updated, but since a 1982 grille no longer fit properly on the 1972 body, a 1979 grille was used.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
92.104.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

1949 Mercury Customized Convertible

Date:
1949
Creator:
Barris Kustom Industries | Carson Top Shop | Ford Motor Company, Lincoln-Mercury Division

Long, low, and well rounded, stock 1949–51 Mercurys became the favorite cars of 1950s customizers. When lowered even more and smoothed out by filling body seams with lead, these Mercs were called "lead sleds." This car shows many early customizing techniques. It was updated in the 1960s with sparkly Metalflake paint and blue "scallops."

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
92.110.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1974 Ford C-700 Truck, Used by Roadway Express

Date:
1974
Creator:
Ford Motor Company | Whiting Door Manufacturing, Corp.

Roadway Express, Inc. operated this Ford C-series truck in Lexington, Kentucky. The truck's functionality proved useful to the company's local pickup and delivery service. Designated unit 23704, it was a workhorse for the company for sixteen years, before being retired to The Henry Ford.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
90.191.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Roadway Express, Inc.

1957 Cornell-Liberty Safety Car

Date:
1957
Creator:
Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory | Liberty Mutual Insurance Company | Ford Motor Company

Cornell Aeronautical Labs did some of the first crash testing of automobiles. In 1957 Cornell teamed with Liberty Mutual Insurance to build this odd looking concept car that incorporated the lessons learned in testing. The car did not actually run, but it featured ideas like seat belts, head rests, and padded interiors that are incorporated into today's cars.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
92.172.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

1986 Ford Taurus LX Sedan

Date:
1986
Creator:
Vandermolen, Mimi
Publisher/Studio:
Ford Motor Company

When the Taurus appeared in 1986 some people said its aerodynamic styling reminded them of a bar of soap or a potato. But the car was roomy, handled well, and had a thoughtfully designed interior. It was a big hit with the public, and other companies adopted similar styling. Eventually people complained that every car looked like a Taurus.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
90.201.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company

1927 Blue Bird School Bus

Date:
1927
Creator:
Luce, Albert L, (1888-1962) | Ford Motor Company

This 1927 Blue Bird is the oldest surviving school bus in America. Albert Luce, Sr., built his first bus in 1925 by mounting a purchased wood body to a Ford truck frame. The body could not withstand the Georgia roads. Luce, convinced he could make a better bus, applied a steel framework under the wood body. His success led him to make school buses full time.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2007.73.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Albert L. Luce, Jr.

2009 Ford Focus Electric Promotional Vehicle

Date:
2009
Creator:
Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company built two of these vehicles to promote electric cars. Starting with a European Ford Focus, engineers replaced the stock drive train with an electric motor and batteries. The cars were driven by various celebrities appearing on comedian Jay Leno’s television talk show. One car was donated to The Henry Ford, the other to the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2011.196.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Thomas A. Edison and Ford, Fort Myers, FL

Date:
C. 1935

Thomas Edison poses in front of a Ford Model T (possibly his personal vehicle, given as a gift by Henry Ford).

Location:
2350 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, Florida 33901
Identifier:
2011.06.020.1
Institution:
Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Model T. Ford, Thomas A. Edison Winter Home - Fort Myers, Fla.

Date:
C. 1950

An early photograph taken inside the Edison museum: Thomas Edison's personal Model, originally a gift from Henry Ford, is displayed.

Location:
2350 McGregor Blvd Fort Myers, Florida 33901
Identifier:
2011.06.016.1
Institution:
Edison and Ford Winter Estates