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  • Test Driving the First Mustang

    It's an old auto industry cliche -- "you can't sell a young man an old man's car, but you can sell an old man a young man's car." It's also true. The sporty Mustang was a young man's -- and woman's -- car. The under-30 crowd loved it. But older people also bought them, often as a second car. The ...

  • Test Driving Ford's 1953 Indy 500 Pace Car

    Ford supplied the pace car in 1953 – a special Sunliner convertible. Ride along in it with us in this video. Join curator Matt Anderson for this fun ride into history!

  • The 1967 Ford Mark IV: Legend of Le Mans

    Few auto racing efforts were as ambitious as Ford’s quest to beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most important sports car race, in the 1960s. Ford’s dedication paid off, first in 1966 when GT40s finished 1-2-3 at the French endurance race, and then again in 1967 with an all-Amer...

  • Getting a '60s Era Concept Car in Running Condition

    Our conservation team is hard at work with our Budd XR-400 Concept Car.

    The Budd XR-400 Concept Car has been in artifact storage for 10 years, and conservator Cuong Nguyen shows us what it takes to get it back in running condition and other necessary conservation maintenance practices.

    The Budd...