Ford or Chevrolet: Who made the best classic cars and trucks?

Coke vs. Pepsi. Nike or Reebok. Microsoft or Apple. Everyone has a preference over which big brands are better, but when it comes to choosing between Ford or Chevrolet, diehard car enthusiasts can’t help but get fired up for a healthy debate.

Chevrolet and Ford are most well-known for pickup trucks and muscle cars, and both manufacturers have achieved record sales in each category. Though the success of today’s modern cars is a great example of the latest innovations and technology, comparing classic car models over the years makes for a refreshing cruise through automotive history. 

When it comes to the big Ford vs. Chevy debate, why not experience both?  Each vehicle model has its own perks and personality, from the rugged Ford Mustang pony car to the sporty Chevrolet Corvette. Whether you’re a lover of muscle cars, sports cars, luxury cars or 4x4s, both brands offer something that everyone can enjoy. Check out some of the examples below.

Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro?

The Mustang is arguably one of the most iconic cars under the Ford marque, and depending on who you’re asking, the 1966 Ford Mustang could be the most beautiful pony car ever built. But we’ll let you decide. This example sports a Signal Fire Red exterior over a contrasting white interior. Power comes from a 289-ci Windsor V-8 which was originally rated for 225-horsepower from the factory. A three-speed automatic transfers power to the rear wheels.

Chevrolet ponied up to the competition with the first generation of the Camaro. A 230-ci straight-six engine was standard, with several Chevy V-8s available as options. This 1968 Camaro is home to a well-built 400-ci. V-8 mated to a three-speed overdrive automatic transmission. A dual exhaust makes the rumble of the engine sound doubly good. Whichever pony car you’d choose to cruise, both car owners promise big smiles and thumbs-ups wherever you drive. 

Ford Thunderbird or Chevrolet Corvette?

Despite its rocky beginning, the Chevrolet Corvette changed the sports car world forever upon its release in 1953. The first-generation Corvette set a distinct style that served as a foundation for all future models. Though color and engine options were limited in the first year, Chevrolet offered more colors by the second year and introduced more power in 1955 with a small-block V-8. By 1956, the original straight-six was dropped from the lineup entirely. Chevrolet never looked back. This radiant red 1959 Chevrolet Corvette gets its power from a 327-ci V-8. A four-speed manual transmission puts the power to the pavement. Gary, the owner of this handsome classic Corvette, says that it’ll go 65 on the highway and can make it through a parade without issues. 

Ford unveiled the Thunderbird to the public at the Detroit Auto Show a year after the Corvette’s debut. The car was instantly popular. It was a sporty V-8-powered convertible that offered up all the style of Chevrolet’s Corvette roadster. This rare Golden Glow Yellow 1956 Ford Thunderbird is a prime example of why America fell in love with the Thunderbird. In 1958, the Thunderbird grew to a midsize platform and added two rear seats, forever morphing into more of a personal luxury or grand touring coupe than a sports car. Thunderbird sales between 1958–60 trounced the Corvette by nearly an 8-to-1 margin. 

Chevrolet Blazer or Ford Bronco?

The Ford Bronco name is all the rage with the release of the modern rendition. If you think the new Ford Bronco is cool, imagine how amazing driving a classic Bronco would be. Off-road vehicles were not as popular back in the day, but the Bronco’s introduction took automotive history in an adventurous direction. An off-road classic, the 1973 model was one of the most successful in Ford Bronco’s history with over 21,000 examples sold. Ford offered multiple engine options with the off-road SUV, and it was available in two-door or three-door variants with a choice between two-wheel or four-wheel drive and a three-speed manual or automatic transmission. This ‘73 Ford Bronco named “Big Blue” will give you a taste of what it was like to drive a new Bronco from the ‘70s.

Three years after the Bronco first debuted in 1966, Chevrolet released the first Blazer. Despite Chevy’s later entry into the off-road SUV segment, the Blazer outsold its competitors within its first year. Impressive considering Chevrolet engineers did not reinvent the wheel. Instead, they kept it simple and worked with what the company already had. Using a shortened K10 pickup chassis meant the Blazer would be a bit larger than the Bronco and Scout competitors, which appealed to customers who had more gear (or family) to carry. Four engine options and three transmission options were offered, along with optional a/c. The combination made the Blazer an impressive vehicle to drive and ride in. It offered size, comfort, stability, and a full 8-inches of ground clearance. Take the top off this 1972 Chevrolet Blazer (or stay sheltered and blast the a/c) for comfortable cruising this summer.

Ford F-100 or Chevrolet C10?

One of the most popular Ford vs. Chevy rivalries today is between the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado, but let’s take a step back. The classic Ford F-100 and Chevrolet C10 are the pickup trucks that paved the way for production of the current competing F-150 and Silverado models. For around 30 years, these two trucks dominated the industry and remain popular with enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Ford’s F-series was originally released in 1948, but the F-100 designation didn’t come along until the second generation in 1953. Ford produced the F-100 model until 1984 when the increasingly popular F-150 took its place entirely. Chevrolet followed Ford’s F-100 release with the C10 in 1960, again a few years later than the competition. The Chevrolet C10 model was produced until 1987 when it was replaced with the next generation of C/K trucks. 

Both the Chevy C10 and Ford F-100 progressed as technology became more modern. Through their innovative design and engineering, these trucks have helped define the truck industry as we know it today. Which is your favorite, the Ford F-100 or the Chevrolet C10?

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