Ford Heritage

1896
Henry ford builds the quadricycle
Henry Ford’s first vehicle rode on four bicycle wheels and was powered by a four-horsepower engine. Instead of a steering wheel the quadricycle had a tiller the gearbox had only two forward gears with no reverse.
1896
1903
The Ford Motor Company is incorporated
with 12 investors and 1000 shares, the company had spent almost all of its $28,000 cash investment by the time it sold the first Ford Model A on july 23, 1903. But by October 1, 1903 Ford Motor Company had turned a profit of $37,000.
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1907
ford introduces the scripted typeface of its trademark
Childe Harold Wills designed the Ford logo. He used his grandfather’s stencil set, which was based on the style of writing taught in schools when Ford and Wills were children. However, the Ford oval would not be featured on a car until the 1927 Model A.
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1908
Ford Introduces the Model T.
Henry Ford’s Model T put the world on wheels with a simple, affordable, durable automobile. Ford sold 15 million Model T’s before ceasing production in May 1927, making it one of the best-selling vehicles of all time, and arguably the most famous car in the world. In 1908, there were only about 18,000 miles of paved roads in the US. to deal with the primitive roads, Ford used light and strong vanadium steel alloy for critical parts. At the time, most of the automobiles in existence were luxurious novelties rather than affordable transport. But to appeal to the mass market, Ford’s vehicle also had to be reliable and easy to maintain. Fortunately for millions of new drivers, it was.
1908
1913
Ford introduces the integrated moving assembly line to auto production. Ford’s innovation eventually reduced the Model T’s chassis assembly line from 12.5 hours to 1.5 hours, and in doing so precipitated a revolution in manufacturing. the accelerating speed with which Ford could produce cars helped him continue to lower the price of the Model T.
1913
1917
Ford begins construction of the River Rouge Complex
it would become the largest integrated factory in the world by the following decade. Throughout its history, the self-contained Rouge Complex has contained a wide array of industries necessary to produce cars, including steel mills, a tire factory, a glass factory, a power plant and a reception depot for coal, Iron ore, rubber and lumber. In the 1930’s the complex employed over 100,000 workers. Today the River Rouge Complex continues to evolve to meet the needs of modern manufacturing processes
1917 River Touge
1917
Ford Motor Company produces its first ever truck
The Ford Model TT
1917  Model TT Truck
1932
Ford Introduces the flathead V8 engine
As with the new Model A, Henry Ford shut down all other production operations to work on this innovative project. At great effort and expense, the company engineered a way to cast the first commercially successful V8 engine. the flathead was a hit. It was affordable, versatile and introduced just as the American market was becoming fascinated with ever-more powerful engines. It remained in production for over 22 years. To this day the flathead remains extremely popular with hot rodders
1932
1938
Ford unveils the medium0 priced Mercury brand
Edsel Ford created Mercury cars to bridge the gap between affordable Fords and luxurious Lincoln cars. The first Mercury was the 1939 Mercury 8, which had a V8 engine and a stylish body characteristic of Edsel Ford’s design sense.
1938
1948
Ford introduces the F-series line of trucks
with its postwar truck design. Ford ceased building trucks on car platforms and used a purpose-built truck platform instead. The truck was available in eight sizes and weight ratings from the 1/3 ton capacity F-1 to the three-ton capacity F-8. In 1953, Ford replaced the F-1 with the 1/2 ton F-100 , along with the F-250 3/4 ton trucks and the F-350 one ton trucks. In 1984, the F-100 was replace by the F-150 line of trucks. Since 1982, F-series has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.
1938
1954
Ford begins crash testing its vehicles
In the 60 years since then, Ford has performed more than 31,000 crash tests around the world.
1954
1964
the ford Mustang goes on sale
The Mustang came to define the pony car class with its combination of a long hood, short deck , affordable price and customization options.
1954
1965
Ford Germany and Ford U.K collaborate to release the Transit in Europe.
1965 Ford Transit
1976
Ford of Europe introduces the Ford Fiesta
1976 Ford Fiesta
1981
Ford begins selling the 5th generation Escort world car
1981 Ford Escort
1985
Ford Revolutionizes automotive design with the Taurus
1985 Ford Taurus
1990
Ford introduces the Explorer
1990 Ford Explorer
1993
Ford introduces the Mondeo as its new global sedan
1993 Ford Mondeo
1996
Ford produces the Ford Ranger Electric vehicle
1996 Ford Ranger
1998
The Introduction of the Lincoln Navigator spurs rapid growth in the luxury SUV segment
1998 Lincoln Navigator
2003
Ford Celebrates its 100th anniversary
2003 Ford 100 Years
2004
Ford introduces the GT as its premium sports car
2004 Ford GT
2007
Ford begins offering SYNC in vehicles sold as 2008 models
2007 Ford SYNC
2009
Ford begins offering its turbocharged EcoBoost line of engines
2009 Ecoboost Engine
2014
The Ford Mustang celebrates its 5oth anniversary
2014 50 Years Mustang
2014
Ford Introduces the 13th generation, 2015 F-150
2015 Ford F150