Ford - a true legend
Henry Ford, a legendary name in the world of car manufacturing, founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903 in Dearborn, Michigan. Henry began his interest in the mobility business with his creation of the first quadricycle in 1896, in his hometown of Detroit. This simple vehicle had four bicycle wheels and a four-horsepower engine. This fascination with motoring became a lifelong passion for Henry and his name will always be an institution in the motoring world having been the brains behind so many unique cars that are now considered as true classic cars.
In 1903 the first official Ford Car, the classic Model A, was sold in June. At this point, Ford had 12 investors and 1,000 shares, although it had spent nearly all of its $28,000 investment to get things up and running.
Ford from A-Z
Ford went on to name all of its cars in chronological, alphabetical order and it was the Model T, in 1908, that catapulted the brand into the realms of being one of the most influential car manufacturers in history. It was a roaring success in the USA as it was affordable, safe and reliable - the perfect middle-class working man’s car.
Thanks to the overwhelming success of another classic and the speed at which they needed to be produced, Ford introduced the first vehicle assembly line in 1913. This invention enabled Ford to drop the time to produce a car by 10 hours. A later milestone was the Tiffany Gold Medal that the Ford Mustang 1965 model won for its excellence in American design. The Ford Mustang is probably the best known and most recognised Ford. The Ford Mustang is also the only original model that remained the same throughout its five decades of production changes and deployment and therefore became a real classic of the Ford series. The original version was developed as a two seater in 1962, that quickly developed into a Ford Mustang four seater one year later. In 1965 the Mustang was celebrated to be the car manufacturer's most prosperous market launch since the production of the A model.
The resurrection of Ford
Ford was one of the few companies to survive the Great Depression, although not without a few glitches. After a huge dip in automobile sales, the company was forced to downsize and let many workers go. However over the course of the brand's history, at a certain point, Ford owned Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Mercury. It is also the largest family controlled company in the world.
One of the most famous owners of a Ford car was Jim Morrison, who owned a Nightmist Blue 197 Shelby GT500. This was the same car he used in the film ‘HWY: An American Pastoral’. Shortly after the film however, the unique car mysteriously disappeared and was never found. Another memorable film to feature a Ford model was ‘Gran Torino’ featuring Clint Eastwood. In this film the classic Ford car, the 1972 Gran Torino, was used. In 1991, the Ford Mustang GT Convertible was a real eye catcher in the blockbuster 'Basic Instinct'.
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