Texas Hot Rod is America’s Prettiest Car

pleasanton california annual car showThe California sun smiled on a 1933 Ford Roadster from Andice, Texas at the 27th Annual Goodguys Flowmaster West Coast Nationals this past August. The pristine work of art was named as America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod for 2013. Each year this event, held in Pleasanton, California, draws custom cars from all over the country to compete for some of the most coveted titles in the classic and show car world. Most of the entries in this event are more works of art than just automobiles and have taken in some cases, years of patience, hard work, money and a love for a classic vehicle. The proud owners of “Pretty Penny” spent almost two years building their masterpiece, and brought their special combination of Ford love and Texas pride to California to bring home a win.

Taking the Ford from back burner to top shelf

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“Pretty Penny” was not always as admired as she is today. Owners Harold and Tracy Chapman rescued the 1933 Ford Roadster in 2011 after ten years of it being moved from shop to shop, with none of them ever completing her. The Chapman’s are owners of Customs & Hot Rods of Andice, Texas, located outside of Austin, and specialize in transforming old relics into restored works of art. The 1933 Ford took almost two years to complete, but for the Chapman’s, has paid off with a list of awards. In addition to the latest title, “Pretty Penny” was also named “Best Rod” at the Detroit AutoRama, and was in the top five finalists for America’s Most Beautiful Roadster in the Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance and Goodguys Street Rod of the Year competitions. This is the equivalent of winning the Miss America Pageant of the automotive world.

What it takes to make an old penny shine like new again

pretty penny ford roadser prettiest car in americaHarold put a lot of work in to this old girl to make her shine like new, this cooper-toned 1933 Ford Roadster has been heavily modified from its original shape, starting with a roof that was moved backward an inch and a half and rebuilt with over 100 custom machined parts. Chapman also reworked the interior, making the wraparound dash two inches taller than stock and included a Studebaker gauge cluster customized just for the Ford. A custom bench seat created by Chapman’s in-house trimmer, Jay Schuler, who stitched the custom-pleated 1933 ford roadster interiorleather. As the old saying goes, true beauty is what is on the inside, and in this case, this could not be truer. Harold’s team fitted “Pretty Penny” with a Roush Racing 427 Ford V8 engine along with a custom designed TWN injection system and performance AFR heads. A mirror carefully positioned to show the roadsters underside shows off a boxed and dimpled frame with all aluminum components and a dropped axle assembly. Wilwood rear disc brakes and modified So-Cal Faux Brakes up front round out the long list of high-performance parts that brought 2013 technology to 1933 style. To complete the look of “Pretty Penny”, bronze-coated wheels designed by Jimmy Smith were the final addition to this beautiful car.

Where to get your new look


sames ford corpus christiWhile “Pretty Penny” is a one-of-a-kind customized roadster that took years of work to shine like new again, you too can change your look and take home a shiny, beautiful new car from Sames Ford, Texas’ Oldest Dealership. Sames has the same pride to serve the people of Texas as the Chapman’s have to represent their great state. We have a great selection of new Ford, certified pre-owned and used cars, trucks and SUVs to choose from. We invite you to come to 4721 Ayers St, Corpus Christi, TX and take a test drive. We thank you for choosing Sames Ford and hope to see you soon!

The Mustang Designs That Never Were

world's most expensive mustangFord is a company known for its heritage. The rich history of Ford ties directly to the modern processes of how vehicles are built and the quality and safety they offer. There is something classic about a seeing an old Mustang that nothing else can compare to. Ford uses an old-time feel to create a last impression on the customers. From 1903 until now, Ford has essentially changed the way the world looked at automobiles. Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, created a strong brand in Ford by establishing a company that has reliability and unique qualities throughout all models and vehicles that keep up with the ever-changing society. However, like many cars that are popular today, they were a few along the line that just never made it to production for one reason or another.

Ford has always had the courage to take risks

Ford is an innovative company and has made hundreds of car styles, some of which the public has never seen. They were also able to take the risks over the years of the original pony car. The 1970’s Milano Mustang is a perfect example of this, as a concept car that foreshadowed what the future 1971 Mustang model would look like. The Milano was taken on tour with five other concept vehicles. The Milano Mustang concept debuted at the 1970 Chicago Auto Show and depicted the nearly horizontal rear deck and sharp, extended nose that would be seen in the production version of the 1971 model. Even before the Milano Mustang concept, during the 1960s Ford toyed with ideas for a two-seater Mustang and even a Mustang sedan. By far the most risky version was that of a Mustang station wagon. While the idea of a two-seater is common among muscle cars, the sedan and station wagon concepts were ones that luckily, went by the wayside.

The future of the Ford Mustang

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Today’s hot-selling Mustang retains the retro look of the 70s from the front pony badge to its rear vertical taillights, but over the years Ford executives have considered every possible variation of the Mustang.  Early next year, Ford will reveal the production of the sixth generation of Mustang, modernized with classic cues in hopes of making it popular worldwide as well as in the United States.  With Ford working closer every year to its One Ford concept, expect to see many updates to current models. The Mustang will always be a classic production with Ford.

At Sames Ford, we uphold the Ford tradition and are the oldest Ford dealership in Texas. Sames Ford has a friendly staff that is readily available to help you with any needs. Our dealership offers a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, including many variations of the iconic Mustang. If you have not made it to our dealership for a test drive, come on down to 4721 Ayers Street in Corpus Christi where we look forward to helping you find your next Ford!

Ford Working Hard to Keep Up with Demand for the Fusion

ford fusionIn 1903, Henry Ford began the Ford Motor Company and changed the way automobiles were viewed and the world moved.  From the day the first Model T rolled off Ford’s newly developed assembly line until now, Ford Motor Company has sold more than 350 million vehicles around the world. Ford’s commitment to innovation throughout their vehicle lineup has led to enhanced fuel economy, head-turning style and customer-focused technology. Ford makes sure to offer a full line of high-quality products with a global appeal. Ford, no doubt, keeps up with the ever-changing economy and keeps customers satisfied. The popularity of one car in particular, the Ford Focus, has Ford working hard just to keep up with demand.

There is so much to like about the Fusion

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Ford does a great job of keeping up with its competition and the Fusion has been a critical and commercial success for the company. It has a dramatic look, rock-solid feel and lush interior, which have all wowed customers. The Fusion factory has been very pressed to keep up with the demand. By adding 1,400 additional workers and a new assembly line to a factory, Ford is now producing more Fusions than ever. The Fusion offers many styles, features and options at an affordable price. Starting at an MSRP of around $22,000, the Fusion offers and EPA estimated 22 mpg city/34 highway and is one of the best deals for the price.  With the Fusion, the multitude of standard features and the long list of additional options and accessories offer consumers a large variety of variations on the Fusion, all at a great price. The Fusion offers a choice of three EcoBoost gasoline engines and two hybrid power plants. For a smooth ride and handling, the suspension system is finely tuned and various electronic components have been added to improve how the Fusion handles the road. The Fusion represents Ford’s commitment to safety, fuel-efficiency and the long tradition of the Ford quality and affordability.

Find a Fusion that fits your style

2013 ford fusionAt Sames Ford, we offer you a large variety of Ford cars, truck and SUVs, giving you the opportunity to choose the perfect vehicle for you.  From the moment you walk into our showroom, you can see our commitment to customer service. We want to make this your best car buying experience and help take care of your vehicle needs. We offer all new Ford models from compact to full-size SUV and within that a great selection of Fusions. If you have not been into our store for a test drive, come down to 4721 Ayers Street in Corpus Christi, Texas, we know you will not be disappointed!

Ford Adds More Choices of the F-150 STX for 2014

ford trucksWe are starting to wonder if the development and design teams at Ford ever sleep. The list of model updates, new trims, and other new features and options that are added every year seems to never end. In 2014, Ford will offer the all-new Tremor sport pickup, a CNG/LPG (natural gas or propane) fuel option for the F-150 and new F-150 STX versions. Ford has even given us a sneak preview of what to expect for 2015 with a brand spanking new Ford Atlas pickup set to join the lineup. The additional STX trim levels will make all the benefits of the previously unavailable SuperCrew available to those who may not have the budget for the higher-priced F-150 SuperCrew models already available. In previous years, the STX was only available as a regular cab and SuperCab and while both have ample interior room, the four doors make it much easier for family, friends, pets or a work crew to enter and exit. Ford wants to make sure that even customers on budget or first time buyers can take home a well-equipped new F-150 they want or need at a price they can be happy about.

What does the New F-150 STX SuperCrew Trim Level Offer?

Ford F-150 STX

The 2014 Ford F-150 STX SuperCrew will be priced to appeal to the first-time buyer or those with a need for a full-size truck on a smaller budget. The STX SuperCrew model will fill the gap between the entry level XL model and upper level XLT. The STX model offers upgrades to the interior and exterior including body-colored exterior trim, 17-inch machined aluminum wheels, power locks and windows, premium cloth seats and MyKey programmable safety features. The MyKey system allows the owner to program stereo volume limits, seat belt warnings and speed alerts/limits. Under the hood of the standard STX, you will find a 3.7-liter V6 engine that pumps out 302 horsepower and delivers an estimated 19 mpg in combined city/highway driving. The STX SuperCrew will also be available as a 4×4 model that features a larger 5.0-liter V8 engine that pumps out 360 horsepower and tows up to 9,500 pounds. Buyers can also add the new STX Sport Package.

What is the STX Sport Package?

Ford F-150 STX Sport PackageThis STX Sport Package will include 20-inch machined aluminum painted wheels, black running boards, a black billet-style grille, 2-tone seats with a center console and unique box decals. The STX Sport Package will be available for under $1,000 on top of the purchase price of the SuperCab and SuperCrew models. The STX Sport Package is a great option for someone wanting to personalize their truck, but would rather have genuine Ford parts and accessories than pay a small fortune for aftermarket items. The Sport Package adds a lot of attitude for a little bit of money and only you will know how little you paid for it. Ford’s commitment to providing value to its customers is evident even in lesser-priced items without sacrificing any of the quality Ford is known for.

Interested in an F-150 or any other Ford?

Come down to Sames Ford at 4721 Ayers Street in Corpus Christi, TX 78415 to test-drive a Ford F-150, or any other car, truck or SUV today! You can also view our complete inventory of new Ford cars, trucks and SUVs online, right here. Sames Ford has been around for many years and our commitment to our customers is important to us. We want to help you find the right vehicle for you, your family, your job and your lifestyle. From compact and economic to heavy-duty and powerful, Ford has a vehicle for you. If you have any questions, please feel free give us a call at 888-690-1617 and one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members will be happy to help. See you soon!

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2014 Ford F-150 Tremor – High Performance Meets Fuel Efficiency

2014 TremorYou really can have your cake and eat it too. The days of sacrificing power for fuel efficiency have finally ended, at least in the full-size truck arena. The Ford Tremor will surely turn heads when it rolls into showrooms later this year. Performance fans rejoice! The world’s first EcoBoost powered sport truck will go from 0-60 mph in under 6.5 seconds. Do not blink, because this is one model you will not want to miss.

The power under the hood of the Ford F-150 Tremor

under the hood of the f-150 tremor

The power of a V8 with the fuel efficiency of a V6 is quite remarkable. Under the hood you will find a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo direct-injection engine that is built Ford tough. The V6 in the Ford F-150 Tremor delivers 16mpg city/22 highway without losing any power. The engine will pump out “365 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on regular fuel” said Ford Motor Co. With all this hype, we are sure the line to test drive the 2014 Tremor will be longer than one for an amusement park ride.

How does the Ford Tremor handle?

Ford F-150 TremorThe 2014 Tremor is a few hundred pounds lighter than a standard Ford F-150. The reduction in weight is paired with a shorter wheelbase giving the Tremor a better center of gravity and more agility. The shorter wheelbase of the Tremor allows for quick handling behind the wheel. The truck “drives very balanced and neutral,” said Ford NASCAR driver Brad Keselowsku.

The tremor will take you anywhere

2014 Ford F-150 Tremor

This sport truck could double as a work vehicle Monday through Friday. The 4×2 model of the truck is rated to tow up to 8,000 lbs. and the 4×4 model tows up to 7,700 lbs. The engine will have 420 lb. ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm. The Ford F-150 Tremor takes its place between the standard F-150 and the high-performance Raptor, making it perfect for those who want more power and a sportier look, but are not ready for all the horsepower of the Raptor. This F-150 can be used for work or play, or anything else.

The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor will be in showrooms later this year. Until that time, you can come down to Sames Ford at 4721 Ayers Street in Corpus Christi, TX 78415 to test drive a new 2013 Ford F-150, and we expect to be welcoming the 2014 F-150 very soon. You can also view our inventory of new vehicles online, right here. If you would like to ask us any questions, give us a call at 888-690-1617. Sames Ford looks forward to helping you find the F-150 or any other Ford you have been wanting!