The Ford Motor Company has seen it all since Henry Ford opened the Ford Motor Company in 1902. Producing vehicles for the public, to helping with military equipment, going through some rough times in the past and most recent financial problems; the company has proven to be a brand that plans on sticking around for a long time. Here are a few interesting facts that many have not worked out and some that we still see today.
Fun Ford Facts
First off, Ford was the first company to manufacture and sell cars. Their first model, the Model A, sold for $850 and only hit a max speed of 30 mph. The Ford assembly line was devised after Henry Ford got the idea from a pig-slaughtering plant. They also offered better pay to their employees offering double the market average pay at $5 a day. While the first Ford was sold in 1903 to Dr. Pfennig (Ford’s current CEO, William Clay Ford Jr., owns it today), the iconic Ford logo was first introduced in 1907.
Many may not know that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were close friends and before making cars Ford was the Chief Engineer of the Edison Illuminating Company. Ford left Edison Illuminating after Edison encouraged him to pursue his plans for a gasoline automobile. The men were so close that Edison requested his son to capture his last breath in a tube, Ford kept the tube as a memorial to his friend.
More Fun Facts
While the Model A was the first model sold by Ford, their success didn’t rise until the release of the Model T. Ford tried their hand in Ford Airplanes during World War I, but was shut down in 1933 due to poor sales. The company was ahead of their time and was a “green” company before 1939. Human and animal manure was used to power factories. Children were able to enjoy what Ford has to offer. After the release of the Mustang in 1964, the 94,000 toy pedal-powered Mustangs were introduced and sold the following Christmas to children. Ford has seen its fair share of celebrities from the first Monster Truck, Bog Foot, using a Ford vehicle as its base to Doors singer Jim Morrison, only ever owned a 1967 Shelby GT 500.
It’s safe to say that Ford is a popular car brand, even though it ranks 5th among all car manufacturers, it has stood the test of time and continues to make better vehicles. At Williams Group Auto, you will find a selection of used Ford’s at one of our three locations. Stop by today if you’re in the market for a used vehicle in Abilene or visit our website at www.williamsgroupauto.com.