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3000 B.C Somebody invented the wheel. It was round and funny. And since the road wasn’t invented yet, everybody laughed.
1875. The telephone. Who’d want to stand and talk to a box full of wires? They laughed.
1879. The electric light bulb. It was so dim, people had to use a gas lamp to see it. They laughed.
1877. The automobile sputtered down the road. The horse and buggy passed it like it was standing still. And it usually was.
1807. The first steamboat in America made it from New York to Albany in 32 hours. A small boy could have beaten it in a rowboat. They laughed.
1903 The airplane. Off it soared into the wild blue yonder; down it came 59 second later. They laughed.
1950. The Volkswagen Station Wagon. It was square on homely But it held almost twice as much as un-funny station wagons, took 4 feet less space to park, never froze or boiled over, and cost about half as much money to run.
The VW is still a pretty funny sight. And people are still laughing. But the laughter is dying down.
Source: 1966 Mechanix Illustrated
1966 Ford Trucks Six Cylinder advertisement
Our new Sixes are messing up the Ford V-8 image!
For years “Ford V-8” has meant powerful performance. Smooth. Responsive.
It still does.
But today Ford pickups offer another way to get great performance. You get it in our new Sixes. Seven main bearings give them a smoothness you expect only in V-8’s . They retain the economy you look for in a Six, yet their size and power (up to 300-cu. in. and 170hp) put them squarely in the V-8 capability class.
If our new Sixes challenge the Ford V-8 image, that’s alright with us.
Who cares about cylinder count? The important thing is the pep and response and smoothness you get in an engine. And you get it with either a Ford Six or Ford V-8.
Our smoothness in engines is matched by smoothness in ride. Ford’s Twin-I-Beam suspension sees to that. Two front axles work independently to absorb road shocks. At the same time, they hold wheel alignment and reduce tire wear.
Somehow we kind of like this image.
Source: Mechanix Illustrated