A worthy winner? Absolutely!
Every list put together of the all-time best cars has attracted its fair share of praise and criticism. We all have our preferences, of course, and these won't align with what the next person deems important or not in a car. However, not too many people would complain about the final result of Ford's own #FordFrenzy tournament in which social media users voted for the greatest Ford of all time.
64 classic Fords spanning many decades and market segments competed. In a top 2 battle between the 2020 Mustang GT500 and the 1965 Mustang Shelby GT350, it was the old-timer that emerged with the win as the best Ford ever. Once the final votes were tallied, it wasn't even that close.
The Shelby GT350 garnered 61.7 percent of the vote in the final round, easily finding favor over its much more powerful and younger sibling. Perhaps it's no surprise that the original Shelby Mustang walked away with the victory. After all, it introduced the Shelby name to the Mustang and also transformed an already fine coupe into an even more capable and respected performance machine. The very first batch of Shelby Mustangs were all finished in Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes. This iconic livery continued to be celebrated decades later in the more modern GT350, a model that was recently discontinued.
The GT350 also spawned the incredibly rare GT350R, a racing spec version of the same car of which a mere 34 examples were made. Today, these Shelby Mustangs are some of the most sought-after sports cars in the world, often fetching millions at auction. The original Shelby Mustang produced 306 horsepower from its upgraded V8 engine. The mods over the regular Mustang included a high-riser intake manifold and a beefed-up braking system. Of course, the timeless styling of the first-gen Mustang remains a huge part of the car's appeal. It ushered in the pony car class and that alone is reason enough for it to be named as the greatest Ford ever.