When it comes to the history of the automobile, the first notch in the timeline starts with Henry Ford. Since he opened the Ford Motor Company in 1902, the world has seen more makes and brands of different automobiles than one person could ever imagine. From producing vehicles for the public, to helping with military equipment, the Ford Motor Company has seen it all. While the Ford Motor Company has seen some rough times in the past, the company still stands as a brand that takes the leading position in the car manufacturing industry. The following is a list of interesting facts you may not know about the legendary Ford brand.
World’s Largest Family-Owned Business
The Ford Motor Company is the world’s largest family-owned business.
The Assembly Line
Henry Ford integrated the assembly line concept to build cars after getting the idea from a pig-slaughtering plant. Today most cars are built using an assembly line.
The oval blue Ford label known today was first introduced in 1907.
Very First Ford Car
The very first Ford was sold to a Dr. Pfennig in 1903.
Capturing and Keeping Edison’s Last Breath
Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were close friends. Upon request, Edison’s son captured his father’s last breath in a tube and sealed it. Ford kept that tube as a memorial to his friend.
Ford On to Better Things
Before making cars, Ford was the Chief Engineer of the Edison Illuminating Company. He later left after Edison encouraged him to work on his plans for a gasoline automobile.
During World War I, Ford started the Ford Airplane Company, which shut down in 1933 due to poor sales. In 2002, the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission recognized Ford as a pioneer of aviation.
Ford Mustang Pedal-Power Cars
After Ford released the Mustang in 1964, 94,000 toy pedal-powered Mustangs were sold to children during the following Christmas.
The first Ford automobile, the Model A, sold for $850. It had a 2-cylinder engine and reached a maximum speed of 30 mph.
The Original “Green” Company
Ford was the first Green company. Before 1939, Ford factories were powered by burning both human and animal manure.
Ostrich Feather Buffering
In the early years of manufacturing, ostrich feathers were used to buffer all the new cars before they left the factory.
Birth of Monster Trucks
The first Monster Truck ever, the legendary Bog Foot, used a Ford vehicle as its base.
The famous Peanuts cartoon was introduced to television through a commissioned Ford television commercial.
Le Mans Auto Race
The Ford GT40 was the first vehicle to win the famous Le Mans auto race four years in a row.
An Arm and A Leg
Henry Ford invented the catchphrase “an arm and a leg” after someone asked him why he was so carefree regarding money.
While the Model A car was the first automobile manufactured by Ford, they did not achieve success until the release of the Model T.
In 1914, Ford offered employees double the market average pay of $5 a day, in an effort to help them have a life rather than just living.
Jim Morrison and His Ford
The only car the legendary singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison, ever owned was a 1967 Shelby GT 500.
Chevrolet actually used a Ford SuperDuty
Chevrolet actually used a Ford SuperDuty to set up their Chevy Truck display at the Texas State Fair in 2012.
“I’m a Ford, not a Lincoln”
When former President Gerald Ford was describing his no-nonsense, style of governing, he was quoted as saying, “I’m a Ford, not a Lincoln,” comparing President Lincoln’s eloquence with Lincoln, the luxury car company owned by Ford Motor Company.
Ford was the first company to manufacture and sell cars.
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