RICHARD GUNN

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

I have mixed feel­ing about val­ues of some Fords sky-rock­et­ing. On the one hand, it’s good to see recog­ni­tion for some of the Blue Oval’s more po­tent mod­els at last be­ing re­flected in prices. I’m sure it’s some­thing that will please those who al­ready own th­ese cars too. Of course, there have al­ways been very ex­pen­sive Fords – you’ve never been able to pick up a GT40 for Granada Ghia money, for ex­am­ple – but on the whole, the mar­que has al­ways seemed to fi­nan­cially lan­guish a bit com­pared with its con­tem­po­raries. This is de­spite Fords of­ten be­ing more re­li­able, prac­ti­cal and en­joy­able to drive than their higher-prized – and thus higher-priced – ri­vals. How­ever, there’s also a lin­ger­ing feel­ing that Fords should be on the cheap side, be­cause that’s what they al­ways have been; af­ford­able mo­tor­ing for the masses, whether they have a splash of dash about them or not. As­ton Mar­tins of the 1970s may be big Capris for rich peo­ple, but when Fords start to ri­val As­tons at auc­tions, then it seems to me the mo­tor­ing world is go­ing a lit­tle bit crazy.

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