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A Brief History of Ford

Since its inception, the Ford Motor Company—named after its founder, Henry Ford—has created a heritage of superior vehicles with cutting-edge style and state-of-the-art technology known worldwide.

Born in 1863, Henry Ford had a strong aptitude for engineering, inventing, and leadership. By 1896, Ford was the chief engineer for Thomas Edison’s light company, but on June 16, 1903, Ford branched out on his own and started the Ford Motor Company.

By 1908, the Ford Motor Company was producing the Ford Model T, also known as Tin Lizzy, on its one of a kind moving automotive assembly line, which cut production time from 12.5 hours to 2.5 hours. Known as the ‘motorcar for the great multitude’, the Model T accounted for over half of the vehicles on the road at the height of its popularity. In 1927, the Ford Motor Company released a revamped version of its original Model A roadster selling over 4.5 million units. The Model A was the first of the Ford fleet to don the signature blue oval.

In 1936, Ford produced its innovative V8 engine and also contributed engines, airplanes, jeeps, and tanks to the WWII allied-effort. After the war, Ford developed new series of routine crash-tests as well as its iconic Thunderbird famed for its 5.1-liter engine and circle window. Over the decades, Ford has manufactured state-of-the-art cars, trucks, SUVs, muscle cars, and crossovers and remains one of the top-selling brands of today, with models like the Mustang, the F-150, and the Fusion enjoying the height of popularity.

Be sure to come visit us at Shults Ford of Harmarville, where the heritage of superior vehicles lives on in our Ford fleet!
History of Ford Motor Company

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