As one of the most famous and storied car companies to ever exist, Ford has been able to innovate and change the game for decades. While many competitors have come and gone during this time, Ford has continued to maintain its place at the top, looking around at those that would dare take their place. Ford is far from perfect, but their impact on the industry can never be questioned.
Aside from having some of the most important models ever dreamed of, Ford can also lay claim to having some incredible special editions over the years. The special editions come out and compliment the yearly model, and some of these wind up being better than the model itself. Other times, however, special editions completely miss the mark and wind up being trashed by plenty of people.
Today, we are going to look back at some of the best and worst special edition Fords.
15. Best: 2008 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 KR
Whenever the Ford Mustang is getting a special edition, fans make sure to pay attention and see what Ford has up its sleeve. The Mustang is arguably its most famous model, so they always want to leave people speechless. 2008 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 KR wound up being a hit with fans.
14. Best: 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Edition
The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Edition was able to slide into the Ford lineup and be a solid entry for the Explorer line. Explorers have been around for some time now, so consumers know that they should expect a good ride. This particular Explorer was able to get some favorable remarks.
13. Worst: 1974 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Ford was keen on doing something new when they brought out the 1974 Ford Mustang Mach 1, but this ride did not receive the reception that Ford was hoping for at all. In fact, this would be one of the last of its kind before it wound up being put away for a few decades.
12. Best: 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor
The 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor was a beast of an F-150 that people fell head over heels for. The Raptor name already carries a significant amount of prestige with it, so it would make sense that one would end up on this list. Fans could not wait to see what was to come after this ride dropped.
11. Best: 1995 Ford Ranger Splash
It seems like a decent amount of people have forgotten about this ride, which is a real shame. The 1995 Ford Ranger Splash was a solid offering from Ford during the 90s, and while the current value of this ride is not high, it is still a worthwhile special edition that people enjoyed.
10. Worst: 2015 Ford F-150 Tonka Edition
Yes, this was a real car that Ford offered. The 2015 Ford F-150 Tonka Edition holds true to its name, as it looks like something that a toddler unboxed on their fourth birthday. The truck had a ton of power, but overall, many people thought that this offering was silly.
9. Best: 2003 Ford Fiesta Ghia
The 2003 Ford Fiesta Ghia is an interesting offering from Ford, as there were a few different Fiestas available for this model year. This particular model was one that people really seemed to enjoy upon release, and we could see it eventually resurrected at some point in the future by Ford.
8. Best: 2020 Ford Fusion Titanium
The 2020 Ford Fusion Titanium is easily the newest car on this list, but it has been earning some solid marks and it is clear that people are going to be very happy taking one home. The Titanium gets exceptional fuel economy, which makes it all the more attractive to consumers.
7. Worst: 2008 Expedition Funkmaster Flex Edition
Rare is it to see a specific model named after a celebrity, but this was the road that Ford was willing to travel down back in the day. The 2008 Expedition Funkmaster Flex Edition may have had some good things going for it under the hood, but its name and ugly exterior made it a hard pass.
6. Best: 2018 F-250 ROUSH
The Ford F-250 is already a hulking truck on its own, so throwing a special edition together means that a considerable amount of power is just a turn of the engine away. The 2018 F-250 ROUSH was a powerhouse on the road that many truck fans just had to have.
5. Best: 1969 Ranchero Rio Grande
Not only is the 1969 Ranchero Rio Grande a gorgeous ride, but it also happens to be exceptionally rare. How rare? Well, it has been said that there are only 13 buzzing around! So, we simply had to include this beautiful beast on our list as one of the best Fords ever made.
4. Worst: 1992 Ford F-150 Nite
Over the years, there has been a divide on the 1992 Ford F-150 Nite, with some people claiming that it is not as bad as some remember. This special edition was primarily cosmetic, which most people did not appreciate. Over time, this has become a rare find for Ford fans.
3. Best: 2005 Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversary Edition
The Ford Thunderbird is a popular model from yesteryear that people were hoping would eventually make a comeback. Well, Ford made big things happen with the 2005 Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversary Edition. This car wound up being a hit with consumers while earning some solid marks for its performance on the road.
2. Best: 2018 Expedition FX4
People that get larger vehicles like to be able to take them off-road and fulfill their wanderlust in nature. Some rides simply aren’t able to hang, but the 2018 Expedition FX4 was designed to go to uncharted places. Needless to say, most people were excited to get a Ford that could make this happen.
1. Worst: 1987 Bronco II Eddie Bauer Edition
Ford has tried their hand at a II for different models, including the Bronco. This just never seems to work out well for them. The 1987 Bronco II Eddie Bauer Edition may have had a decent look to it, but most people just wished that the original Bronco was still at the forefront.