2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R
  • 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R
  • 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R - 2,075 miles.

  • 2012 Ford PDC Employee Truck and Car Show sign
  • 2012 Ford PDC Employee Truck and Car Show sign

  • 1979 Mustang "Daytona"
  • 1979 Mustang "Daytona" - factory built concept car with obvious nods to Ferrari 356 GTB/4 Daytona.

  • 1978 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon
  • 1978 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon - factory paint.

  • 1970 Cadillac Eldorado Station Wagon
  • 1970 Cadillac Eldorado Station Wagon - Custom conversion. 500 c.i. V8, auto, factory sunroof.

  • 1934 Volkswagen Type 34 Ghia
  • 1934 Volkswagen Type 34 Ghia

  • 2005 Ford GT
  • 2005 Ford GT - Supercharged - custom Grabber Blue paint.

  • 1972 Citroen SM
  • 1972 Citroen SM

  • 2010 Tube Chassis Ultra 4 Race Buggy
  • 2010 Tube Chassis Ultra 4 Race Buggy - custom built, one-of-one Ford-powered rear-engined competition vehicle.

  • 1995 Ford Taurus SHO
  • 1995 Ford Taurus SHO - Velocity Red paint from Mazda

  • 1964 Ford Fairlane 500
  • 1964 Ford Fairlane 500

  • 1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra
  • 1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra

  • 1981 Triumph TR8
  • 1981 Triumph TR8 - Powered by 2002 Land Rover Discovery 4.0-liter V8.

  • 1967 Lotus Elan S3
  • 1967 Lotus Elan S3 - Right-hand drive 

  • 1967 Ford Country Squire
  • 1967 Ford Country Squire - factory-built 428 V8 / Top Loader four-speed manual, bucket seats. One of One.

  • 1955 DKW 3=6 Sonderklasse
  • 1955 DKW 3=6 Sonderklasse

  • 1957 Mercury Commuter Hardtop
  • 1957 Mercury Commuter Hardtop

  • 1976 Lancia Scorpion
  • 1976 Lancia Scorpion (A.K.A. Lancia Montecarlo)

  • 1938 Ford V8 De Luxe V-8
  • 1938 Ford V8 De Luxe V-8 woody

  • 1980 Ford Fairmont Wagon
  • 1980 Ford Fairmont Wagon


  • 1993 Mazda Miata
  • 1993 Mazda Miata - powered by 5.0-liter Ford Mustang V8 with Whipple supercharger

  • 1977 Mercury Couger Villager wagon
  • 1977 Mercury Couger Villager wagon

  • 1960 Ford Ranch Wagon
  • 1960 Ford Ranch Wagon - 4.6-liter V8, four-wheel power discs, heavy custom.

  • 1975 Dodge Coronet Crestwood
  • 1975 Dodge Coronet Crestwood - 318 c.i. V8. Owned by one family since 1977. Restored.

  • 1958 Packard Hawk
  • 1958 Packard Hawk

  • 1965 Chrysler New Yorker
  • 1965 Chrysler New Yorker

  • 1948 Packard Eight Station Wagon
  • 1948 Packard Eight Station Wagon - straight-eight powered.

  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T
  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T - Hemi

  • 1975 AMC Gremlin
  • 1975 AMC Gremlin - base model with 232 c.i. V6. All original.

  • 1949 Packard Custom 8
  • 1949 Packard Custom 8 four-door sedan

  • 1976 AMC Pacer D/L Coupe
  • 1976 AMC Pacer D/L Coupe - all original

  • 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
  • 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

  • 1980 Ford Fiesta
  • 1980 Ford Fiesta

  • 1960 Chevrolet Impala coupe
  • 1960 Chevrolet Impala - two-door hardtop

  • 1992 GMC Typhoon
  • 1992 GMC Typhoon

  • 1988 Pontiac Mera GTS
  • 1988 Pontiac Mera GTS - Fiero-based rebody built by Corporate Concepts in Capac, Michigan. Less than 300 were made before Ferrari's lawsuit halted production (the Mera was sold through Pontiac dealers in '87 and '88, but Ferrari didn't appreciate its obvious likeness to its own 308).

  • 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
  • 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS - Original but restored, 402, Turbo 400 automatic, 12-bolt rear end. Bucket seats, air.

  • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette

  • 1964 Lincoln Continental
  • 1964 Lincoln Continental - 29,200 miles. Original, unrestored.

  • 1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible
  • 1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible

  • 1985.5 Ford Mustang SVO
  • 1985.5 Ford Mustang SVO

  • 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra
  • 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra - 375-horsepower 302.

  • 1969 Ford Mustang
  • 1969 Ford Mustang - former drag car

  • 1969 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500
  • 1969 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 - Calypso Coral Sportsroof model. Originally an executive lease car.

  • 1979 Ford F-150 4x4
  • 1979 Ford F-150 4x4

  • 1994 Chevrolet S10
  • 1994 Chevrolet S10 - powered by 1995 LT1 V8 out of a Pontiac Trans Am. 

  • 1950 Ford F-1
  • 1950 Ford F-1 pickup

  • 1939 Ford Panel Delivery
  • 1939 Ford Panel Delivery

  • 1962 Ford Falcon Ranchero
  • 1962 Ford Falcon Ranchero

  • 1964 Chevrolet C-10
  • 1964 Chevrolet C-10 pickup - amazing patina

  • 1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside
  • 1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside

  • 1937 Ford Model 79
  • 1937 Ford Model 79 - 1-1/2 ton chassis cab - 157" wheelbase Texaco tanker

  • 1941 Lincoln Continental
  • 1941 Lincoln Continental


  • 1923 Willys-Knight Model 64
  • 1923 Willys-Knight Model 64 - Three-passenger roadster. Barn find - stored for 64+ years.

  • 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V
  • 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V - Diamond Jubilee edition. All-original, including real diamond placed in each window to help celebrate Ford's 75th anniversary as an automaker.

  • 1972 Ford Pinto
  • 1972 Ford Pinto - One-owner, 34,000 miles, unrestored.

One might reasonably assume that people who work in automotive design or engineering are automatically car guys and gals, but in our experience, that isn't always the case. The best way to tell isn't by looking at what they are working on – it's by looking at what they have parked in their own garages. And judging by Ford's annual internal Product Development Center Employee Truck & Car Show in Dearborn, the Blue Oval isn't just overrun with serious car nuts; the company's ranks not only have lots of respect for the fast and beautiful, they have a surprisingly deep appreciation for the off-the-wall, the misunderstood, the maligned and the orphaned.

While technically open to the entire company, Ford officials tell us this annual PDC show is primarily composed of designers' and engineers' vehicles, both present and retired. As one might reasonably expect, this year's crop of about 400 cars included a superabundance of Mustang models, but the thing that surprised us about the show was the sheer variety of vehicles displayed – both in era and manufacturer. Ford as a company was obviously well represented, but employees clearly maintain a love for all marques from all countries. Plenty of General Motors and Chrysler cars were parked on the lawn, along with small-volume oddities from companies like DKW, Citroën, Lancia, Triumph and so on. There were even a few bikes and farm implements on display. Condition ran the gamut, from low-mileage timewarp cars to rough and ready daily drivers, and we saw everything from barn finds to drag cars, hot rods and off-road rigs.

Friday's event was the show's 12th annual installment, and this year's featured class centered on station wagons, of which about 50 were included. Everything from real classic woody wagons to humdrum 1980s kinshleppers, disco-era barges and shooting brakes made the scene.

What were we most impressed by? An absence of trailers. While there were a few lurking around the show's periphery, it looked like the handful of vehicles that arrived on them weren't street legal. The vast majority of the cars and trucks on display weren't the sort of collectible that gets trailered to and from shows, only to be hermetically sealed and sparingly driven upon its return home. Owners told us over and over that they drove their cars to the show. That, as much as anything else we saw, is cause for celebration.


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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      We know who aren't car guys. Writers at AB. 1985 Typhoon, 1976 Vette. Really?
      El Matador
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find funny that you guys posted a picture of a fake Ferrari 308, yet, there is a perfectly good one parked next to the Lancia Scorpio.
      mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should be a 67 Vette, not a 76 :)
        Chris Paukert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mike
        Right you are. Fat-fingered the caption and transposed the digits. Our apologies. It's fixed now.
      Carlos Hernandez
      • 2 Years Ago
      1985 GMC Typhoon. Really guys? It's a '92.
        methos1999
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carlos Hernandez
        Looks like they fixed that, but mistaking the 67 corvette for a 76 is unforgivable.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      After reading the other comments, AB should really just delete this entire post and move on...
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think y'all have some of the years wrong. For example, I'm 99.99% sure the 1976 Corvette looked a bit different.
      - v o c t u s -
      • 2 Years Ago
      what the... Main pic: does the white Mustang in the bg have a sidepipe exhaust FORE of the front wheels?!?!
        JK Linx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @- v o c t u s -
        Couldn't it be some kind of turbo plumbing? Seen that before...
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @- v o c t u s -
        Yes, that is my white mustang. It is the exhaust pipe. Car has a turbo and the downpipe is routed straight across and out the bumper
        lostboyz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @- v o c t u s -
        Yes? Just like all side pipe cars.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Surprising that the bright green Focus RS that's always parked in the Roush engineering lot off Fairlane didn't make an appearance. Not like anyone else has a license to drive a RHD Focus RS on the streets here. They should have brought it :(.
        The_Zachalope
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        You don't need a special license to drive a RHD car here.
          AcidTonic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          You need special registration that is pretty much never approved. Not simply because it's RHD, but because it's not certified to be driven in this country. Unless you're telling me all those grey market Nissan GT-R's being imported in Florida is totally on the up and up as well.... Hint: Focus RS was never sold in the USA and will NOT pass emissions or registration. Unless you basically prove it's a track only car and even that's tough to get.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 67 Country Squire is awesome - doesn't get much more 'sleeper' than that. A neighbor across the street had one growing up (with just the 289) until their son dumped it on it's head in a ditch during a snow storm.
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