Here are some of the more interesting, amazing, and funny facts about the Ford Motor Company, the first US automobile maker and now one of the biggest in the world.
Ford asked for a somewhat weird request — to have Edison’s “last breath.” Edison’s son managed to catch his father’s final breath in a test tube and closed it off with a cork. Ford kept the tube as a remembrance.
The legendary Doors front man’s GT 500 had a mist blue color, and was a gift to him from his record company. However, Morrison lost it somewhere before he left for Paris, where he eventually died in 1971. Whereabouts of his car still remains a mystery.
An ex-construction worker and inventor in St. Louis, Missouri named Bob Chandler used his family’s 1974 Ford F-250 pickup truck as a base for his Bigfoot vehicle in 1975.
After trying other logos that didn’t make quite an impression with the public, Ford introduced the simple blue oval logo in 1907, four years after the company was established. The logo, obviously, became iconic.
The Ford F-series, a series of light to medium duty trucks, has been manufactured and marketed by the company since the late 1940s. The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the US since 1981. As of June 2013, there have been over 33 million units sold in twelve F-series generations.
Henry Ford’s great-grandson William Clay Ford Jr. is currently Ford’s executive chairman. He also became the company’s CEO in 2001.
Ford’s American and British production plants used human excrement and animal manure as a fuel to power their factories. They continued doing this so until 1939.
You can imagine how shocked Chevy might have been when they saw this picture of the construction workers using a Ford Super Duty while setting up their own exhibition booth. Probably Chevy didn’t bother to ask the contractor what kind of trucks they used. A huge PR boo-boo for Chevy!
The “Ford A” was the first car the Ford Company produced in 1903. The automobile maker had invested heavily in this production, leaving them with only $223.65 in its bank account. Fortunately, the cars became a commercial success and generated huge profits for Henry Ford and his company.
On the “Ford A” again, the first owner of this model was Ernst Pfennig, a dentist from Chicago. He purchased this car on July 23, 1903.
Unfortunately, Ford comes in fifth place behind Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen and Hyundai.
Ford’s first series, the Model A, was a success. However, it was the Model T that became a smash hit among customers, thanks to Henry Ford’s business savvy.
Being aware of the competition, Ford knew that he had to offer something to lure customers, so the Model T units were priced about half of the price of his rivals’ cars.