Ford: A Century of History, Part I by Mike Davis (6/2/2003)
In the early years Ford begat Cadillac, then his own car company.
Ford Timeline: 1863-1943 by Mike Davis (6/2/2003)
Ford History II: Young Henry by Mike Davis (6/2/2003)
Ford loses two generations and ends up reinventing itself.
Ford Timeline 1943-1982 by Mike Davis (6/2/2003)
Ford History III: Edsel & Bill Redux by Mike Davis (6/9/2003)
Today's Ford bears almost no -- and quite a lot of -- resemblance to its past.
Ford Timeline: 1974-2003 by Mike Davis (6/13/2003)
|1863||July 30 — Birth of Henry Ford on father’s farm in Springwells Township, near Dearborn, Michigan, west of Detroit.|
|1879||Ford takes his first job at Michigan Car Company, a railroad-car manufacturer in Detroit.|
|1880||Ford begins machinist apprenticeships and moonlights as watch repairman in Detroit jewelry shop.|
|1882||Ford returns to Dearborn area to operate steam-engined farm machinery.|
|1884-5||Attends business school in Detroit part-time.|
|1888||Marries Clara Bryant.|
|1892||Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford move to Detroit when he takes job as engineer of stationary steam engines at Edison Illuminating Co.|
|1893||Birth of Edsel Ford; Henry begins experimenting with home-built gasoline internal-combustion engines.|
|1896||Runs his first experimental car, the Quadricycle, on streets of Detroit.|
|1899||Persuades investors to underwrite Detroit Auto Co., quits Detroit Edison; venture fails.|
|1901||Jobless, moves his wife and son back into his father’s home on Grand Boulevard in Detroit;
Ford, driving own car, beats Winton in automobile race, attracts investors who form Henry Ford Co.
|1902||Ford withdraws but company goes on to become Cadillac.|
|1903||June 16 — Ford Motor Co. founded by Malcomson group; Model A produced in rented Mack Ave. plant.|
|1904||Company starts building Piquette Ave. plant at corner of Beaubien; still standing and being restored;
Ford of Canada chartered in Windsor, Ontario, and a Ford sales organization established in London, England.
|1906||Ford overtakes Olds, Buick and Cadillac combined to become Number One automaker in U.S., a position it holds for 20 years;
Henry Ford becomes company president and majority owner.
|1908||October — Introduction of legendary Ford Model T which puts the world on wheels.|
|1909 January||January — Offer from Billy Durant to buy out Ford and fold it into nascent General Motors fails when N.Y. bankers won’t provide the cash up front that Henry demands.|
|1910||Highland Park plant with extensive manufacturing facilities opens, assembly of Model T transferred from Piquette which closes.|
|1911||First overseas assembly plant in Manchester, England; Ford wins Selden patent suit.|
|1913||Moving assembly line inaugurated at Highland Park.|
|1914||Announcement of $5 day.|
|1915||Purchase of land for Rouge plant in Dearborn; one-millionth Ford built.|
|1917||Introduction of TT truck and Fordson tractor;
September 4 — Birth of Henry Ford II.
|1918||Assembly of Eagle boats at Rouge on Navy contract; Henry Ford loses Senate race as Democrat.|
|1919||Henry Ford buys out minority stockholders; Edsel Ford becomes president;
Birth of Benson Ford.
|1920||September — Introduction of first Lincoln car, a V-8.|
|1921||Five-millionth Ford built.|
|1922||Ford Motor Company acquires Lincoln Motor Co. and begins selling Lincoln Model L.|
|1923||Birth of Josephine Ford.|
|1924||Inauguration of Ford fleet of lake and ocean vessels; ten millionth Ford built.|
|1925||Model T price reaches bottom of $260; First pickup truck introduced; Production of Ford Tri-Motor aircraft begins; Ford of Germany established;
March 14 — Birth of William Clay Ford.
|1927||Model T production ends with 15 milllionth built; Model A introduced after 6-month shutdown for retooling.|
|1931||20-millionth Ford built; Introduction of Lincoln K with improved V-8.|
|1932||Introduction of Ford V-8, Lincoln KB V-12 and English Ford Model Y.|
|1933||Ford falls to third place after General Motors and Chrysler.|
|1935||Introduction of 1936 Lincoln-Zephyr, Ford’s first medium-priced car.|
|1937||25 millionth Ford, a Deluxe Fordor V-8 trunk sedan, built.|
|1938||Introduction of 1939 Mercury, Ford’s second medium-price entry.|
|1939||Edsel Ford impresses friends with his custom-built Lincoln-Zephyr
Continental, put into production for 1940 model year.
|1941||War production begins with quarter-ton GPs (“jeeps”) at Dearborn and B-24 bombers at Willow Run (more than 282,000 GPs and 8,485 bombers are built by war’s end in 1945); First contract with United Auto Workers signed.|
|1942||Last civilian cars built, a Ford at Dearborn and a Mercury at Windsor, Canada.|
|1943||Death of Edsel Ford, Henry Ford elected president, Henry Ford II released from Navy to help run company.|