There are lots of things that can be passed down from generation to generation. Keepsakes like jewelry, watches and collectables are often shared between family members and can serve as a common bond, a tradition, even a legacy. You want to share the things you love with the people you love, and a lot of people love their cars and trucks.
While searching through the archives, we’ve found a number of fans that have submitted stories of Ford vehicles that have been running for generations. These vehicles have been passed down from one generation to another, serving as an enduring testament to family history and a wish that the passion someone had for their Mustang or F-Series continues on.
Today we celebrate these traditions by sharing stories of long-lasting vehicles that have been shared between people that hold a special bond.
Nick’s dad always had a thing for Mustangs. After losing his first pony to an unscrupulous family member, his father purchased a 1965 “Notchback” which served as the family hot rod after being restored. After his father’s death, Nick inherited the Mustang, but more importantly, the passion for the vehicle that so fueled his father. Today, the car waits in storage for the day Nick can share it with his children with the hope of igniting a passion of their own.
Speaking of fathers, Ashley’s was a Ford truck man who owned quite a few in his lifetime. The F-150 parked in the driveway and in the family barn were a symbol of continuity and a reminder of the good old days. Ashley needed those reminders after his father’s recent passing, so he took refuge in his father’s blue 1997 F-150 and was instantly filled with memories. Today, he hopes to instill in his daughters the same fondness for that blue truck while it serves as a reminder of great times together as a family.
Not all Ford vehicle legacies involve Mustangs or Ford Trucks. Take Terry’s Galaxie 500, which has been in their family since grandpa bought it back in 1962. Since then, it has thrived for well over 50 years. This Galaxie even survived a fire and is now back and better than ever. Terry is intent on making sure that this piece of Taylor family history will be around for a long, long time.
Some believe that trucks are more of a “guy thing.” But what female die hard Ford truck fans like Shelley might lack in numbers, they more than make up for in dedication. When Shelley first saw her metallic 1996 F-150 Extended Cab, her jaw dropped. It was love at first site. She firmly believes that this will be the last truck her and her family ever purchases. It’s also the start of a tradition in her family, and she hopes to pass “Henry” down to the next generation of drivers.
Sometimes you buy a vehicle and you don’t really intend on it being a keepsake that gets passed down. It just happens. Angela, on the other hand, wants to start a Mustang legacy in her family with the 2003 that she currently drives. It reminds her of the 1979 Mach 1 that her father used to drive. He passed along the Mustang fever. She hopes to do that, and then some for her family someday.
It’s hard to imagine another family being as passionate about F-Series trucks as Andy’s is. That dedication has been in his family for generation and has roots with multiple branches of the family tree. Andy is the undisputed ruler of this Ford truck kingdom with eight trucks spanning four decades. He’s got enough Ford trucks in his garage to keep that family tradition alive and well for generations to come.
These are just a few of the stories submitted by Ford Social fans. How about adding yours to the conversation? Did you inherit a Ford vehicle and a passion for one? Do you have a car, truck or SUV in your garage that you’re hoping to pass down to someone special in your family? Tell us all about it by sharing a comment below, or a story of your own here!