Ford is an American car manufacturer that started business in 1903 and has grown to become the fifth largest car company in the world where numbers of sold cars are concerned. When you consider that in 1903 only 14 percent of houses in the US had a bath tub then it shows what an achievement this is.
Ford Motor Company is the largest family owned business in the world. All of the company’s CEOs have been directly related to the company founder Henry Ford since he retired from the position. That includes Henry Ford II who was the grandson of the founder.
Ford’s famous race car the GT40 won Le Mans 24 hour race 4 times on the trot during the 1960s and it is rumored that it was designed and built to beat Ferrari after a buyout by Ford didn’t come to fruition. The car did just that and came 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Le Mans in 1966. It is now one of the world’s most recognizable long distance race cars and was named by the fact that it is only 40 inches high.
Ford invented the assembly line method for making cars. It is said that Henry Ford got the assembly line idea from the way that pigs are slaughtered and butchered. Regardless of how the idea came about, it revolutionized car construction and is still the most popular way cars are built even today.
The Ford Thunderbird was first manufactured in 1955 and finished production in 2005, eleven models were released in this 50 year reign. Ford has produced over 4.4 million Thunderbirds throughout its lifespan and the car was also famously called the “T-Bird”.
Although the first car released by Ford was the Model A it was the Model T that became Ford’s first real success story and in 1916 55% of all the cars on the road were Model T Fords. Part of the reason for the car’s popularity was its price which was less than half of its rivals.
Ford also owns the Lincoln Motor Company which it purchased in 1925. Lincoln is seen as the luxury side of Ford’s car production and is known for its Town Car.
In 1911 Ford opened its first overseas factory in Manchester, England. The Ford Motor Company England was also known as Ford of Britain. The most famous cars to be made in Britain by Ford were probably the Escort and the Capri. The Capri was used in the TV cop show “The Professionals”.
The Ford Blue Oval badge was first introduced in 1907 and the current emblem was introduced in 2003 to celebrate 100 years of Ford. The Blue Oval has now become synonymous with the brand of Ford and is recognized around the world.
In 2002 Ford ended the production of cars in the United Kingdom after over 90 years of manufacturing in the country. The Transit van is still produced in Southampton, England but no other cars are made there anymore.
Ford is one of the most spread car companies around the world and has a long history. It is also interesting to find more information about Ford car parts or as in Denmark they are known Ford autodele. More interesting facts about Ford you can find here.