Ford put the American family on the
road with a cheap, reliable and easy-to-repair car
the Model T Ford. By the 1920s it was the rural car
to own. Ford dealerships were everywhere and so were
the cars from the farms to the racetracks. In
the 1930s having a hotrod Model T was a college fad.
Kids simply found them abandoned on the farms and in
the fields. They proceeded to shove a used Ford Flathead
V-8 in them and created cheap transportation and a whole
lot of fun. Model Ts and Flathead Fords were the mainstream
collector cars of the 1950s. In fact, Hemmings Motor
News was divided into two sections Fords
and Other Cars. Going to a swap meet like Hershey provided
mostly Ford cars, parts and literature. It was possible
to find most other prewar makes but asking around for
some foreign makes got you a strange look or a laugh.
The 1960s and 1970s saw a diminished interest in Ford,
and a transition to a more varied mix of collector cars.
However, Fords still remain the most popular make, but
the prewar Fords are becoming scarce. At McLellan's
Automotive History, we have a vast supply of Ford
literature (even English Ford) and Ford remains the
most popular collector car literature that we have.