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Ford Motor Co

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1903. Ford. Detachable Rear-entrance Tonneau. Two-cylinder 8 hp. Photo at the 2011 LBVCR.
1903. Ford. Detachable Rear-entrance Tonneau. Two-cylinder 8 hp. Photo at the 2011 LBVCR.
November 1905.
November 1907. 15-18 h.p.
November 1907. 15-18 h.p.
1916. New power house.
1921. Works at Detroit, Michigan.
1921. Works at Detroit, Michigan.
1930. All-metal passenger monoplane.
1954. Ford Sunliner.
1954. Ford Customline.
November 1957. Fordson major tractor.
1966. Ford Galaxy.
Ford Galaxy.
Ford Galaxy.

Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan, USA

The success of Henry Ford's quadricycle led to the founding of the Henry Ford Company and then later the Ford Motor Company in 1903.[1]

1903 Company founded by Henry Ford

1903 Three Model A Ford cars were imported into the UK.

1904 Ford's first British agency - the Central Motor Car Co - was established in Long Acre, London.

From 1911 Ford produced cars and lorries in the UK for sale in the United Kingdom and other countries; the subsidiary was the manufacturing and sales arm of the American parent .

1919 Edsel Ford was made president of the company. Henry put in place a plan to buy out the interests of investors outside the Ford family.

1922 Ford acquired Lincoln Motor Co

1925 began production of Ford Tri-motor aeroplane

1927 The 15 millionth Model T left the production line. The plants were then closed for 6 months for re-tooling for the new design of Model A.

1932 Introduced the flat head V8 engine, said to be the first commercially successful V8.

1936 Began selling the Lincoln Zephyr.

1938 Introduced the medium-priced Mercury

WWII In 1941 began production of GP Jeep

1943 After Edsel's death, Henry returned as President

1945 Henry Ford II took over as President who brought in modern management techniques

1948 Introduced the F-line lorries built on purpose-designed chassis for the first time.

1956 Became a public listed company

1961 Acquired Philco, taking the company into consumer electronics, computer systems and military projects

1974 Sold Philco

1976 Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation, which had evolved from Philco, supplied 7 satellites for the INTELSAT V programme.

1980 Henry Ford II retired and was replaced as chairman and CEO by Phillip Caldwell, the first non-family member to run the company

2001 The company focused on making cars.

2015 Employ 199,000 persons worldwide with 53,000 in Europe (16 plants).[2]

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Sources of Information

  • company history [1]