The Weirdest Car Ford Has Ever Made
Ford has certainly earned its place in the hearts of American car buyers over the years. With top-selling F-150 pickups and super-fast Mustangs, the Blue Oval seems to have what it takes to deliver what consumers really want. But it hasn’t always been the case. And Ford has produced some wild-looking rides in the past. One weird Ford car, in particular, might take the cake as the weirdest of all the Ford models.
Remember the disastrous 1971 Ford Pinto or the colossal failure of the 1972 Ford Cortina? Or maybe you drove a 1994 Ford Aspire to appreciate weirdness firsthand. You might already know which Ford is the weirdest, in your opinion. Keep reading to learn which weird Ford car landed at the top of our list.
Some weirdest Ford cars in the lineup over the years
You can’t have a weird Ford car list without nominating a few honorable mentions. One of the most frequently mentioned Ford models that flopped is the Mustang II. Both HotCars and Gear Patrol have this car on their respective lists of Ford cars that made no sense. The Mustang II replaced the legendary predecessor only with no power, terribly unsafe tires, and an uncanny resemblance to the Pinto.
Other weird Ford cars over the years include the 1978 Ford Fiesta, the 2002 Lincoln Blackwood truck, and the 1963-1968 Mercury Monterey Breezway.
From terrible performers to weird designs, these bizarre Ford introductions didn’t win over many consumer fans. But which Ford model would you consider to be the absolute weirdest?
The weird Ford car award goes to the Probe
Flashback to the ’80s, and car designs were all over the place. Many of the models were alike, with boxy shapes and heavy metals. But there were a few tempting to break the molds of the time, with sleek lines, lighter plastics, and zippy performance.
Ford was preparing for a then-modern reinvention of the beloved Mustang, except executives thought it would be smart to completely alter the car from roof to road. This new Mustang would only come in a V6, front-wheel-drive coupe version, replacing a soon-to-be-phased-out boxier V8 Mustang.
But when the public reaction to this “new Mustang” tanked, Ford shelved the idea altogether. Not to waste any of those plans and designs, though, Ford repackaged their V6 coupe idea and released it anyway – as the Ford Probe.
Only making a run from 1988 to 1997 with two generations, the Ford Probe sold better than that reimagined Mustang would have. But the Probe was just a weird, unfulfilling ride that only seemed to satisfy the need for parking in small spaces.
The Ford Probe came with a 2.2-liter Mazda four-cylinder engine, only capable of about 110 horsepower. However, you could get the GT trim that cam outfitted with a turbocharged 2.2-liter four-banger that punched up the horsepower to 145. Either way, the Ford Probe was a weird and yawn-worthy contribution.
The oddball models are still important to car evolution
Don’t mistake weird Ford cars for failures. These Ford models and the countless other automaker introductions that left consumers scratching their heads serve a purpose. Sure, these bizarre designs and concepts don’t typically become top sellers.
They do, however, contribute to the evolution of all carmaker designs. Emerging trends come from some of these weird contributors. And there are plenty of lessons learned from even the worst-selling cars that lead to consumer-loving improvements along the way.
Which Ford car do you feel is the weirdest of all time? There were some gems of yesteryear to consider. But for us, the Ford Probe gets the nod for the weirdest of them all.