History of Ford Motor Co.
The Ford Motor Company is an American based automobile manufacturer that was founded in 1903 by the late Henry Ford. The company pioneered the early integrated moving assembly line, fought and beat early gasoline powered automobile patents, and even survived the Great Depression. Today, Ford is the fifth largest automobile manufacturer in the world, based on sales, and is the largest family controlled company in the world (History).
Henry Ford, along with 11 other investors, founded Ford Motor Company on June 16th 1903 (History). In its early years the company produced the Model A, S, K and most notably, the Model T. The ...view middle of the document...
The final Ford Model T rolled off of the assembly line in 1927 (History). Once a remarkable success for the Ford Motor Company, the Model T was retired to usher in a new era of advancement in automotive technology for the company. Competition in the American automobile marketplace was putting a great deal of pressure on the company to develop new features and even new paint colors (Henry Ford was famously known for refusing to offer any color other than black on Ford automobiles). Ford was apt to answer the call with a completely redesigned Model A and the first commercially successful V8 engine in 1932 (Company).
Ford was an enthusiastic participant in the American war effort in World War II. The company halted manufacturing of consumer automobiles and instead directed its attention to manufacturing for the war. Ford manufactured tanks, trucks, engines, jeeps, airplanes, parts, gun mounts, and machine tools all for the war effort in the early 1940’s (History). Following World War II, the company’s founder and majority shareholder Henry Ford passed away.
Following World War II, Ford looked to expand their automotive footprint by introducing various new options to the American consumer. The Ford pickup truck was introduced in 1948. Ford manufactured and built the iconic Thunderbird in 1955, and the Mustang was...