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Henry Ford (1863-1947) was born on a farm in Springwell.  In 1879, he moved to Detroit.  He started out life as an assistant in a workshop, but by the beginning of the'90s he had a management position with the 'Edison Illuminating Company'.  In 1892, Ford designed his first car.  However, it was several years before he quit the day job and on the 16 June 1903, founded the 'Ford Motor Company' together with a number of friends.  On 1 October 1908, the first Model T Ford was introduced.  This model would go on to be produced practically unchanged, for almost nineteen years and in total more than 15 million cars were to be sold.  The Model T Ford was certainly not the best American car, but it was the cheapest and the most reliable.  In 1914, a Model T Ford emerged from the factory every 40 seconds and in 1925 it was possible to deliver more than 9,000 in one day.  The Model T Ford was succeeded by the Model A Ford, but Henry Ford mistimed its introduction.  The first Model A Ford could only be delivered six months later, on 2 December 1927.  The V8 engine was designed by Henry's son, Edsel.  Unfortunately, Edsel Ford died in 1943 at the age of 49.  Henry Ford once again took over the management of the company.  In 1945, he was succeeded by his eldest grandchild, Henry Ford II.  Two years later, at the age of 82, the founder of this legendary motor company died.

 Source: Motorbase

1903-to date USA

Henry Ford was born into a farming family of Dearborn, Michigan in 1863 and from an early age he was attracted to things mechanical, building his first car in 1896. After a number of false starts Henry obtained adequate financial backing and the Ford Motor Company was established in the summer of 1903. The firm’s initial product, the Ford Model A, was a typical American automobile of the period and some 670 examples were sold in the first fifteen months. At the end of 1904 a new factory was built, ten times bigger than the original and by April 1905 300 men were turning out 25 cars per day.

Come 1908 and Ford had reached the letter T in his automobile alphabet. This model contributed hugely to putting America and much of the rest of the world on the motoring map with over 15 million Model Ts being made in a twenty-year production run.

Henry Ford died in 1947 having established a manufacturing empire that today is a global industry.

Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

 

Models produced by Ford (USA)

Comet

Comet

1961-0

Comete

Comete

1951-1954

Comete Monte Carlo

Comete Monte Carlo

1954-1955

Country Sedan

Country Sedan

1957-0

Crestline Skyliner

1954-1954

Custom Crestliner

Custom Crestliner

1950-1951

Custom Deluxe

Custom Deluxe

1950-1950

Custom V8

1949-1949

Custom Victoria

1951-1951

Customline

Customline

1953-0

Deluxe

Deluxe

1946-1946

Eifel

Eifel

1935-1936

Elite

Elite

1975-0

F 620

F 620

1955-0

Fairlane

1955-1956

Fairlane 500

Fairlane 500

1957-1957

Fairlane 500XL GT

Fairlane 500XL GT

1966-1967

Fairlane Skyliner

Fairlane Skyliner

1957-1957

Fairmont

Fairmont

1967-0

Falcon

Falcon

1960-1960

Falcon Futura

Falcon Futura

1961-1963

Falcon Sprint

Falcon Sprint

1964-0

Galaxie 500XL

Galaxie 500XL

1962-1964

Galaxie 500XL

Galaxie 500XL

1965-1966

Galaxy 500

1968-1968

Galaxy Sunliner

Galaxy Sunliner

1962-1962

Gran Torino

Gran Torino

1972-0

GT 40

GT 40

1966-1972

GT40

GT40

2006-0

GT40 Mk III

GT40 Mk III

1966-1968

GT40 Mk V

GT40 Mk V

1985-1999

GT70 Prototype

GT70 Prototype

1971-1971

Ltd

Ltd

1979-1983

LTD LX

LTD LX

1984-1985

Maverick

Maverick

1969-1969

Model A

Model A

1930-1931

Model B

Model B

1932-1933

Mustang

Mustang

1965-1966

Mustang

Mustang

1967-1968

Mustang

1978-1984

Mustang 1964

Mustang 1964

1964-1964

Mustang Boss 351

Mustang Boss 351

1971-1971

Mustang II, 1974

Mustang II, 1974

1974-1974

Mustang SVO

Mustang SVO

1984-1986

Mustang Turbo GT

Mustang Turbo GT

1983-1984

Parklane

Parklane

1956-1956

Pinto

Pinto

1971-1971

Ranch Wagon

Ranch Wagon

1952-0

Taurus SHO

Taurus SHO

1989-1990

Thunderbird

Thunderbird

1955-1957

Thunderbird

Thunderbird

1967-1971

Thunderbird

Thunderbird

1972-1976

Thunderbird

Thunderbird

1976-1979

Torino GT

Torino GT

1968-1969

Torino T and Cobra

Torino T and Cobra

1970-1971

V8

V8

1932-1938

V8 Deluxe

1939-1940

V8 Super DeLuxe

1941-1942

V8-18

V8-18

1932-1933

V8-40

V8-40

1933-1934

V8-48

V8-48

1935-1935

V8-60

V8-60

1935-1936

V8-68

V8-68

1936-1936

V8-78

V8-78

1937-1937

V8-81

V8-81

1938-1938

V8-91

V8-91

1939-1939

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