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Most Collectible Fords of All Time

10 Most Collectible Fords of All Time

When the Ford Motor Company was launched back in 1903, it produced just a few cars a day. The company, founded by Henry Ford, would go on to become one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world. It would also produce more than a few truly great automobiles — classics that today fetch a pretty hefty sum at auctions around the world. Click ahead to see the most collectible vintage Fords ever made, compiled exclusively for CNBC.com by magazine's Executive Editor Matt Stone.
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When the Ford Motor Company was launched back in 1903, it produced just a few cars a day. The company, founded by Henry Ford, would go on to become one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world. It would also produce more than a few truly great automobiles — classics that today fetch a pretty hefty sum at auctions around the world.

Click ahead to see the most collectible vintage Fords ever made, compiled exclusively for CNBC.com by MotorTrend magazine's Executive Editor Matt Stone.

By Constance Parten
Posted 3 Nov., 2010

Model T

"The car that put America on wheels, revolutionizing production methods and labor standards at the same time," MotorTrend magazine's Matt Stone says. "I believe the original Model T was the world’s best selling car for some time, until the VW Beetle came along." $15,000-$30,000Special/rare examples can go for between $30,000 and $90,000.
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"The car that put America on wheels, revolutionizing production methods and labor standards at the same time," MotorTrend magazine's Matt Stone says. "I believe the original Model T was the world’s best selling car for some time, until the VW Beetle came along."

Average Auction Price*: $15,000-$30,000
Special/rare examples can go for between $30,000 and $90,000.

*Value ranges based on mint condition
Auction Values courtesy of Gooding & Company

Model A

"The Model A reconstituted and elevated the ethose of the Model T, with more body styles and technical advancements but still-affordable pricing, it did what the Model T did, but better, and for a wider range of people," Stone says. $10,000-$30,000
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"The Model A reconstituted and elevated the ethose of the Model T, with more body styles and technical advancements but still-affordable pricing, it did what the Model T did, but better, and for a wider range of people," Stone says.

Average Auction Price*: $10,000-$30,000

*Value ranges based on mint condition
Auction Values courtesy of Gooding & Company

1932 Lineup

The entire 1932 lineup was significant "not only for outstanding styling that forms the basis of modern and traditional hot rodding, but the first low-priced car to offer a V-8 engine 'power to the people,'” Stone says. Pictured at left: 1932 2-door V-8. $25,000-$75,000 $40,000-$80,000
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The entire 1932 lineup was significant "not only for outstanding styling that forms the basis of modern and traditional hot rodding, but the first low-priced car to offer a V-8 engine 'power to the people,'” Stone says. Pictured at left: 1932 2-door V-8.

Average Auction Price*
V-8 Roadster: $25,000-$75,000
B400: $40,000-$80,000

*Value ranges based on mint condition
Auction Values courtesy of Gooding & Company

1940 Lineup

The entire 1940 lineup was "another great style, one that bridged design cues of the 1930s into the 1940s," Stone says. "Also a hot rodding favorite, the '40's profile is like nothing else." Pictured at left: 1940 V-8 Deluxe Convertible Club Coupe. $10,000-$20,000 $75,000-$100,000
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The entire 1940 lineup was "another great style, one that bridged design cues of the 1930s into the 1940s," Stone says. "Also a hot rodding favorite, the '40's profile is like nothing else." Pictured at left: 1940 V-8 Deluxe Convertible Club Coupe.

Average Auction Price*
Sedan: $10,000-$20,000
V-8 Woodie: $75,000-$100,000

*Value ranges based on mint condition
Auction Values courtesy of Gooding & Company

1949 Lineup

The 1940 lineup was made up of "the cars that saved the company," Stone says. "A Young Henry Ford II took over his grandfather’s company at a critical time when it wasn’t doing well. The ‘49s were a clean sheet line (save for the engines which carried over from the '30s) that did away with old fashioned notions such as running boards and headlights not mounted in fenders. It was a great clean modern look, backed by modern engineering, and put Ford Motor back in business. Pictured at left: 1949 s
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The 1940 lineup was made up of "the cars that saved the company," Stone says. "A Young Henry Ford II took over his grandfather’s company at a critical time when it wasn’t doing well. The ‘49s were a clean sheet line (save for the engines which carried over from the '30s) that did away with old fashioned notions such as running boards and headlights not mounted in fenders. It was a great clean modern look, backed by modern engineering, and put Ford Motor back in business. Pictured at left: 1949 station wagon

Average Auction Price*
2-Door Convertible: $40,000-$60,000

*Value range based on mint condition
Auction value courtesy of Gooding & Company

1953-56 F-100 Pickup

"The real beginning of the modern Ford F-Series legend as the best-selling vehicle line in the world," Stone says. Pictured at left: 1955 F100 $30,000-$40,000
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"The real beginning of the modern Ford F-Series legend as the best-selling vehicle line in the world," Stone says. Pictured at left: 1955 F100

Average Auction Price*: $30,000-$40,000

*Value range based on mint condition
Auction value courtesy of Gooding & Company

1955-57 Thunderbird

"Called by many 'America’s most beloved classic car,' the original Baby Bird was a design and pop culture icon at the time and remains one today," Stone says. Pictured at left: 1956 Thunderbird $50,000-$75,000
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"Called by many 'America’s most beloved classic car,' the original Baby Bird was a design and pop culture icon at the time and remains one today," Stone says. Pictured at left: 1956 Thunderbird

Average Auction Price*: $50,000-$75,000

*Value range based on mint condition
Auction value courtesy of Gooding & Company

1956-57 Continental Mark II

"Perhaps the best car Dearborn ever built," Stone says. "Beautiful, hand built, the Mark II exuded quality and class from every pore." Pictured at left: 1956 Continental Mark II, which had an average sticker price of $9,695. $60,000-$90,000
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"Perhaps the best car Dearborn ever built," Stone says. "Beautiful, hand built, the Mark II exuded quality and class from every pore." Pictured at left: 1956 Continental Mark II, which had an average sticker price of $9,695.

Average Auction Price*: $60,000-$90,000

*Auction value range based on mint condition
Auction value courtesy of Gooding & Company

1953-59 Skyliner

"The original retractable — we wouldn’t have retractable hardtop cars today were it not for this groundbreaking Ford," Stone says. Pictured at left: 1959 Skyliner $40,000-$60,000
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"The original retractable — we wouldn’t have retractable hardtop cars today were it not for this groundbreaking Ford," Stone says. Pictured at left: 1959 Skyliner

Average Auction Price*: $40,000-$60,000

*Value range based on mint condition
Auction value courtesy of Gooding & Company

1965-70 Mustang

"The first pony car, and to date the most popular and best selling. The Mustang made it as a family car, a sporty car, a secretary’s car, and a race car," Stone says. "A great idea that was brilliantly executed, and the foundation of today’s musclecar movement." Pictured at left: 1965 Mustang $60,000-$80,000
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"The first pony car, and to date the most popular and best selling. The Mustang made it as a family car, a sporty car, a secretary’s car, and a race car," Stone says. "A great idea that was brilliantly executed, and the foundation of today’s musclecar movement." Pictured at left: 1965 Mustang

Average Auction Price*: $60,000-$80,000

*Value range based on mint condition
Auction value courtesy of Gooding & Company

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