When I was in my teens a Cortina 1600E was considered the bees nees, one of my teachers had one in aubergine and everyone thought it was fantastic. Even after I could drive and had my own car (Mini) I really thought they were great.
What current car has the same cachet? Most new fords are thought to be Chavvy and BMW or Audi Nouveau Riche. I can't think of anything that is aspired to and admired by teenage boys and older drivers.