5. Ford’s Free-Wheelin` Models
Back in the late 70s, the automotive world was swept by special editions featuring crazy graphics, flashy wheels and details. The typical models of the period were Ford’s Free-Wheelin’ editions, available on numerous models, such as Bronco, Econoline vans, the Courier compact pickup truck and the F-150.
The first thing that set those editions apart was the graphics. Each Free-Wheelin’ model had five colors in a rainbow stripe suited to the lines of the car. Since this option was available for four years, from 1977 to 1980, each year had its own style, so it was different than the previous model. Ford also prepared numerous other styling details as optional extras, so you could get special wheels, white letter tires, additional lights mounted on the roof, side pipe exhausts, bull bars and a whole lot more aftermarket details.
Since the Free-Wheelin’ package was available on so many models, and for four model years, no one knows exactly how many have been made, but it must have been thousands.
Today, those vehicles are not particularly expensive or rare, but they are cool to own, especially if you can find one with all the details and paint job intact.