Ford LTD is First Produced

The Ford LTD was a car model name that has been used by the Ford Motor Company in North America.

The LTD designation is considered by some an abbreviation of "Luxury Trim Decor" and by others as a limited body style classification for the Galaxie. There is evidence that, at least in Australia, it originally stood for "Lincoln Type Design." The original "Car Life" review at the time the first LTD was released suggests that it stood for nothing and was just three meaningless letters.
A range of cars wore the LTD badge from 1965 to 1991 in the United States. The LTD name debuted as the highest trim level package on the Ford Galaxie 500, but became its own model in 1967. The Galaxie name continued for the lower levels until 1974.
In 1977, the name was used on two different cars. The full-size LTD continued, but a rebodied version of the Ford Torino was sold as the LTD II. Both offered coupe, sedan, and wagon body styles. This arrangement continued until the standard LTD was moved to the Panther platform in 1979.
In 1983, the LTD was again split into two separate lines, with the LTD Crown Victoria remaining full-size and the LTD name placed on a mid-size car based on the Fox platform. The smaller LTD continued in sedan and station wagon forms through 1986, overlapping slightly with the first model year of the Ford Taurus in 1986, the car that became its successor.

he line was introduced in 1965 as the Galaxie 500 LTD (and for the first year was badged as such), in response to the introduction of the Chevrolet Caprice and the similar Dodge Monaco and Polara. These upscale models had features found primarily on luxury models from these same manufacturers, but were sold with much lower retail prices. The standard upgrades on these cars were power windows, a power drivers seat, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning, a full or half-vinyl top (called a landau or brougham randomly across different models by the same manufacturers). Another list of upgrades were interiors made of better materials and more powerful engines. Most of these upper trim models were usually all hardtops as opposed to pillared bodies.
1968 would be a transition year. Though it retained the same body and frame of the 1965-1967 models, the 1968 model featured horizontal hidden headlights and a more formal looking roof style. It was the last model with the 119" wheelbase.
The LTD was split off into its own model for 1967, while the Galaxie name continued on lower-line models through 1974. The Custom 500 remained as a fleet model in the U.S. and the base model in Canada through 1978.
A limousine version of the car was also considered, with the extra length at the C-pillar and the rear doors. At least one example was built.

From 1969 to 1970, the LTD shared top-of-the line trim pieces featuring a grille with hidden headlamps which was shared with the Galaxie XL sport coupe and the Country Squire station wagon.
Continuing styling concepts introduced with the 1968 model which changed from stacked headlights to a horizontal arrangement behind hidden headlight covers, the 1969 model delivered many changes most notably a longer 121" wheelbase part of a new body. Styling featured a grille with a body color horizontal divider. The 1970 did not have a divider with the center grille separated from the side sections.
1971 was a larger redesign which dropped the long-running theme of twin round or square "jet exhaust" taillights in favor of a horizontal theme. The LTD lost its distinctive hidden headlamps, but had the LTD grille badge, side trim, and tail which had a red reflector rather than painted panel between the taillights. The 1972 bumper extended across the center grille section, while the rear got a large chrome bumper into which taillights were set.

The LTD was redesigned for 1973. While the new LTD weighed less than earlier models, it was still far in excess of two tons, meaning that agility and fuel economy were both weak points. The base engine was the 302 CID V8. The next largest engine was Ford's 351 CID V8, which was the most common choice. Still larger was Ford's 400 CID V8, and topping the range was Lincoln's huge 460 CID V8, which gave good power but got less than 10 mpg in city traffic. In the case of at least some of the 400 models, this fuel economy problem has been traced to a fuel system and manifolds designed to run on methanol fuel, which was unsuitable for gasoline applications.[citation needed] In addition, these engines were choked by emissions systems, with the 400 engine producing large amounts of torque but a power output of 160-180 hp, depending on which year. Despite these difficulties, the full-sized Fords remained strong sellers each year during this period, due to their high comfort, good build quality and reasonable cost.
The Galaxie nameplate was discontinued after 1974, leaving the Custom 500 as the base trim full-size Ford, then LTD, LTD Brougham, and the new LTD Landau at the top of the series for the 1975 model year. The Landau came with hidden headlamps and available rear fender skirts, and was also available with various decor packages for additional luxury. The Brougham trim was dropped from the lineup for 1977. The regular LTD station wagon had exposed headlamps; the LTD Country Squire wagon had simulated woodgrain body trim as in previous years, and from 1975-78 had the same hidden headlamps as the LTD Landau.

The Ford LTD was a car model name that has been used by the Ford Motor Company in North America.
The LTD designation is considered by some an abbreviation of "Luxury Trim Decor" and by others as a limited body style classification for the Galaxie. There is evidence that, at least in Australia, it originally stood for "Lincoln Type Design." The original "Car Life" review at the time the first LTD was released suggests that it stood for nothing and was just three meaningless letters.
A range of cars wore the LTD badge from 1965 to 1991 in the United States. The LTD name debuted as the highest trim level package on the Ford Galaxie 500, but became its own model in 1967. The Galaxie name continued for the lower levels until 1974.
In 1977, the name was used on two different cars. The full-size LTD continued, but a rebodied version of the Ford Torino was sold as the LTD II. Both offered coupe, sedan, and wagon body styles. This arrangement continued until the standard LTD was moved to the Panther platform in 1979.
In 1983, the LTD was again split into two separate lines, with the LTD Crown Victoria remaining full-size and the LTD name placed on a mid-size car based on the Fox platform. The smaller LTD continued in sedan and station wagon forms through 1986, overlapping slightly with the first model year of the Ford Taurus in 1986, the car that became its successor.

he line was introduced in 1965 as the Galaxie 500 LTD (and for the first year was badged as such), in response to the introduction of the Chevrolet Caprice and the similar Dodge Monaco and Polara. These upscale models had features found primarily on luxury models from these same manufacturers, but were sold with much lower retail prices. The standard upgrades on these cars were power windows, a power drivers seat, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning, a full or half-vinyl top (called a landau or brougham randomly across different models by the same manufacturers). Another list of upgrades were interiors made of better materials and more powerful engines. Most of these upper trim models were usually all hardtops as opposed to pillared bodies.
1968 would be a transition year. Though it retained the same body and frame of the 1965-1967 models, the 1968 model featured horizontal hidden headlights and a more formal looking roof style. It was the last model with the 119" wheelbase.
The LTD was split off into its own model for 1967, while the Galaxie name continued on lower-line models through 1974. The Custom 500 remained as a fleet model in the U.S. and the base model in Canada through 1978.
A limousine version of the car was also considered, with the extra length at the C-pillar and the rear doors. At least one example was built.

From 1969 to 1970, the LTD shared top-of-the line trim pieces featuring a grille with hidden headlamps which was shared with the Galaxie XL sport coupe and the Country Squire station wagon.
Continuing styling concepts introduced with the 1968 model which changed from stacked headlights to a horizontal arrangement behind hidden headlight covers, the 1969 model delivered many changes most notably a longer 121" wheelbase part of a new body. Styling featured a grille with a body color horizontal divider. The 1970 did not have a divider with the center grille separated from the side sections.
1971 was a larger redesign which dropped the long-running theme of twin round or square "jet exhaust" taillights in favor of a horizontal theme. The LTD lost its distinctive hidden headlamps, but had the LTD grille badge, side trim, and tail which had a red reflector rather than painted panel between the taillights. The 1972 bumper extended across the center grille section, while the rear got a large chrome bumper into which taillights were set.

The LTD was redesigned for 1973. While the new LTD weighed less than earlier models, it was still far in excess of two tons, meaning that agility and fuel economy were both weak points. The base engine was the 302 CID V8. The next largest engine was Ford's 351 CID V8, which was the most common choice. Still larger was Ford's 400 CID V8, and topping the range was Lincoln's huge 460 CID V8, which gave good power but got less than 10 mpg in city traffic. In the case of at least some of the 400 models, this fuel economy problem has been traced to a fuel system and manifolds designed to run on methanol fuel, which was unsuitable for gasoline applications.[citation needed] In addition, these engines were choked by emissions systems, with the 400 engine producing large amounts of torque but a power output of 160-180 hp, depending on which year. Despite these difficulties, the full-sized Fords remained strong sellers each year during this period, due to their high comfort, good build quality and reasonable cost.
The Galaxie nameplate was discontinued after 1974, leaving the Custom 500 as the base trim full-size Ford, then LTD, LTD Brougham, and the new LTD Landau at the top of the series for the 1975 model year. The Landau came with hidden headlamps and available rear fender skirts, and was also available with various decor packages for additional luxury. The Brougham trim was dropped from the lineup for 1977. The regular LTD station wagon had exposed headlamps; the LTD Country Squire wagon had simulated woodgrain body trim as in previous years, and from 1975-78 had the same hidden headlamps as the LTD Landau.

Ford introduced the full-sized LTD in 1965 as a top-of-the-line Galaxie 500 (same year, incidentally, that Chevrolet introduced its all-new Caprice as a top-of-the-line Impala). In fact, in 1965 the car was known as the Galaxie LTD - it wasn't until 1966 that the LTD became a model of its own apart from the Galaxie. The LTD sedan would have a slightly more formal rear roofline than the Galaxie and Custom models, a trait that would continue until the 1973 model year. The LTD would undergo many styling changes throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, and in 1975 when the Galaxie and lower-rung Custom models were discontinued, it would become Ford's lone full-size model.
The LTD would undergo its first downsizing in 1979 and would continue with little change until the LTD would become a mid-size car in 1983. This mid-size LTD would soldier through until 1986 when it was replaced by Ford's innovative new Taurus that same year (the previous full-size LTD, however, would continue on as the LTD Crown Victoria).
There is, and has been, some debate over the years as to what exactly the initials "LTD" actually stood for. The obvious answer might be that it stood for "Limited", but an article from Car Life magazine stated that couldn't be the case, as Chrysler at the time was already using the Limited name and had a copyright on it. The LTD designation is considered by some an abbreviation of "Luxury Trim Decor" and by others as a limited body style classification for the Galaxie. There is evidence that, at least in Australia, it originally stood for "Lincoln Type Design." The original Car Life review at the time the first LTD was released suggests that it stood for nothing and was just three meaningless letters - a method now being practiced by Lincoln today (MKX, for example) among others. Also known as "Lunatic Transportation Device" in later years.