Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Retro Ford T-shirts

Petrolhead Ford Capri Mk3 S T-shirt
Petrolhead Ford Capri Mk3 T-shirt (choice of colours)

Henry Ford was responsible for developing and manufacturing the very first mass produced, affordable motor cars. During the 1970s and 80s, Ford produced some very memorable and highly popular family vehicles such as the Fiesta, Escort and Granada. The sportier models such as the XR3i and Capri became instant hits with boy racers.

No doubt, there will be many people reading this post who will have memories (good and bad) of driving a Ford car back in the 80s. I became a bit of a fan during my time working at the local Ford garage in the late 80s, where I used to deliver and collect new and used Ford cars from garages around the country, as well as delivering serviced vehicles back to their owners. I was very fortunate to have driven just about every model, so it's no wonder that I became a fan. I only ever drove one Capri, though, and this was an orange-coloured Mk3 similar to the one featured on the first T-shirt above. It was a strange beast to drive - I wasn't used to the low ground clearance - and the bonnet seemed to stretch out for a mile! But that was the point, it was supposed to feel different to the standard family cars and appeal to those who hadn't yet started a family and wanted to splash their cash on a fun, sporty model.

There are plenty of other T-shirts available featuring the Capri through the many sellers at

Classic Ford Capri T-shirt (choice of colours)
Classic Ford T-shirt
Although more expensive than the first T-shirt (around £17.97 plus delivery), I really like the in your face design with the yellow Mk3 Capri. It's available from shotdeadinthehead at Amazon in sizes Small to XX-Large, with six colour choices. I actually like the navy blue colour above which helps the yellow to become more prominent. The design is also available for ladies, too.

60s Ford Shelby Mustang T-shirt for Men
60s Ford Shelby Mustang Tee
For fans of American Ford's this T-shirt may be more your cup of tea. It features three models of the high performance Shelby Mustang from the 1960s and is available in a whopping choice of 17 colours in sizes Small to 6x XL. That should cover just about everyone! Black is always a good choice of colour for men, although the forest green looks particularly good and has a vintage racing green feel.

Ford Escort 1300 Mk1 Haynes Manual T-shirt
Ford Escort 1300 Haynes Manual T-shirt
Ah, the Haynes manual! No car D.I.Y. enthusiast worth his salt was without one, and this officially licensed T-shirt features the inner workings of a first generation Ford Escort 1300. This is one of the most popular Ford tees and available in five colours for sizes Small to X-Large. Personally, I prefer this blue one, although I'm also a fan of orange, too.

Men's Ford Racing logo T-shirt
Ford Racing Logo T-shirt
The Ford logo is, without a doubt, one of the most recognised logos in the world and the Ford Racing division has around since 1901. This heavyweight cotton tee is no less than 30 colours, including some unusual tie dye pattern designs. I like this royal blue one myself which is pretty similar to the colour of the logo. Sizes Small to 6x XL are available, so it should fit just about anyone.

Vintage Distressed Ford Logo T-shirt for Men
Distressed Ford Logo T-shirt
There are plenty of Ford logo T-shirts around, but I particularly like this one which has a vintage feel. In fact, I like it so much I've actually bought one! It's officially licensed, although only available in two shades of grey. The grey actually compliments the logo well, so I'm not too disappointed that no other colours were available. I opted for the lighter grey as shown above, but it's just personal choice, I guess.

You can also view a wide variety of 80s T-shirt ideas at my website

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