Guess What Ride 58: 1958 Fords – Anything Wrong With This Picture?
1958 Ford Lineup Brochure

GuessWhatRide is the game designed to test your classic car knowledge. In the 1950s, September launches of the new car models was a big deal. Long before the Internet, consumers would flock to car dealerships to see what each automaker’s styling changes and new models were going to be for the next twelve months.

Ford was arguably one of the biggest promoters of their new model years every fall.  In September 1957, Ford provided dealers with a summary brochure of the 1958 car lineup.  The picture provided shows Ford’s 1958 passenger car line-up as of September 1957. True or False: Is there anything wrong with this picture?

For this quiz, we simply asked a “Yes” or “No” question: is this September 1957 Ford Model lineup correct? All correct answers were entered in a drawing for a P21S 1000C Car Care Kit. This kit, an $80 value, contains a Wheel Cleaner, spray head, sponge, Bodywork Conditioning Shampoo, Gloss Enhancing Paintwork Cleanser, terrycloth applicator pad and a Concours Look Carnauba Wax. We will fulfill via our friends at Car Care Specialties.

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When Ford prepared launched its 1958 model lineup in September of 1957, several issues conspired to delay the launch of the company’s new four-seat, second-generation Thunderbird.  Consequently, Ford continued production of the two-seat 1957 “Baby Bird” until mid December of that year. Ford did not launch all-new “Square Bird” Thunderbird until February 13, 1958.

We pulled the 1958 Dealer launch picture above from the Ford Heritage Vault and did not modify it in any way. Since this picture was used in September of ’57 before the official launch of the ’58 T-Bird, there is nothing wrong with the picture for that point in time.  Consequently, the correct answer was “No.” Readers clearly gravitated towards the picture without carefully reading the instructions. As a result, only 13% of respondents correctly answered the question on their first try. Of that select group, please congratulate reader Tim H. for being randomly selected to receive the P21S set!

While this quiz is now ended, please check back soon for our next “Guess What Ride?” quiz!



Contest Rules:

  1. No purchase is necessary.
  2. Only one entry per valid e-mail address.
  3. Offer valid only to residents of continental U.S.
  4. The quiz runs from Friday, March 29, 2024, through 11:59 PM Friday, April 5, 2024.
  5. Only entries registered via the multiple-choice contact form in this post will be entered into the drawing.
  6. No written replies in either the comments on this website or from Guys With Rides’ social media accounts will be accepted.
  7. On Saturday, April 26, 2024, Guys With Rides will randomly draw one winner from all the correct entries and keep a record on file.
  8. The winner will be contacted to obtain their snail mail address for one prize to be shipped directly to them via Car Care Specialties.
  9. Immediate family and Guys With Rides Exchange employees, the makers of P21S, and Car Care Specialties are not eligible.
  10. Neither P21S nor Care Care Specialties sponsored this quiz.  GuysWithRides is purchasing the prize via Car Care Specialties and will have it shipped directly to the winning name randomly drawn from the entrants received.

IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT comment on what you see in the picture! Be considerate for others wanting to participate. COMMENTS THAT MIGHT GIVE THE ANSER AWAY WILL NOT POSTED!

  1. Anonymous

    There is a ‘57 or earlier Thunderbird in the upper right corner of the picture. That is wrong in a group of ‘58 models.

    • Guys with Rides

      You might want to research Thunderbird history a bit more before sticking with that answer…

  2. Anonymous

    The T-Bird for 1958 was a different body style, larger

    • Guys with Rides

      Sorry, but you might want to research when Ford launched the second-generation Square Birds.

  3. Tom Kelley

    That is not a 1958 Thunderbird

    • Guys with Rides

      Clearly. That’s not the question.

  4. John Hafkenschiel

    There is a 57 T Bird at the back right near the building.

    • Guys with Rides

      Please re-read how I framed the question and do your homework on Ford’s transition from the ’57 Baby Birds to the ’58 Square Birds. The question DID NOT ask what is in the picture; it is merely a true-false question on whether this picture from September 1957 is an accurate representation of Ford’s lineup at that point in time!

  5. Tim Hammond

    There is what looks like a bus under the wing of the airplane taking off


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