Do you consider yourself to be an aficionado of Ford fandom? At Fury Ford Sandton we sure do! We have compiled some of our favourite, fun, fantastic and far-flung Ford facts for you to make your general knowledge ‘Go Further’.
- Ford Motor Company is one of the largest family owned businesses in the world. All of the company’s CEOs have been directly related to the company founder, Henry Ford, since he retired from the position.
- The very first Ford car ever sold was the Ford Model A, it had a 2-cylinder engine and could reach a max speed of 30 mph. It was sold to a Chicago dentist, Dr. Pfennig, in 1903, for a grand total of $850.
- Henry Ford’s great grandson William Clay Ford Jr., who currently resides as the company’s executive chairman, now owns the first Ford vehicle ever sold.
- Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were lifelong friends. As requested by Ford, Thomas Edison’s son captured Edison’s last breath in a test tube and sealed it with a cork. Ford kept the tube as a memorial to Edison, it is now housed in the Henry Ford museum.
- Ford’s signature blue, oval logo was not introduced until 4 years after the company had already been in production. The current Ford emblem was introduced in 2003 to celebrate 100 years of Ford. The blue oval has now become synonymous with the brand of Ford and is considered to be one of the most successful car logos in the world.
- In 1914 Ford offered its employees double the market average, creating Henry Ford’s five-dollar workday. The new salary, accompanied by a shorter working day and company profit sharing, minimized employee turnover, and was significant in growing the middle class and fair wages movement. Henry Ford was quoted saying he wanted to help his workers to a “life” not just a “living.”
- In 1964, after Ford debuted the Mustang, 94 000 pedal-powered toy mustangs were bought for children the following Christmas season.
- Ford’s famous race car, the GT40, won Le Mans 24 hour race 4 times in succession during the 1960's, and it is rumored that it was designed and built to beat Ferrari after a buyout by Ford didn’t come to fruition. The GT40 came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Le Mans in 1966. It is now one of the world’s most recognizable long distance race cars and was named by the fact that it is only 40 inches (about 101cm) high.
- Ford invented the assembly line method for making cars. It is said that Henry Ford got the idea after visiting a butchery and seeing how the pigs were slaughtered. Regardless of how the idea came about, it revolutionized car construction and is still the most popular way cars are built today.
- Although the first car released by Ford was the Model A, it was the Model T that became Ford’s first real success story. In 1916, 55% of all the cars on the road were Model T Fords. Part of the reason for the car’s popularity was that its price was less than half that of its rivals.
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