A Brief History of Ford Motor Companies

A Brief History of Ford Motor Companies

David Arellano

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Ford, today is one of the most widely recognized companies in the world. According to Forbes the Ford Focus was the 4th most sold car in the world. But what is the history behind this beautiful company?

Henry Ford

Henry Ford was born on July 30th 1863. He lived with his parents on their farm in Dearborn, Michigan. At the age of 16 he left his home and went to Detroit and became an apprentice as a machinist, he came back to his home 3 years later. In 1888 he married Clara Bryant, and they had their son in 1893 they had their first son. During this time he was working on his first “car” which was later called the Quadricycle. The Quadricycle was a simple frame with a 4 horse power, engine using ethanol-gasoline, and 4 bicycle wheels. He sold his Quadricycle in order to continue making automobiles, he was now backed up by other investors. In 1899 The Detroit Automobile Company was formed. 1903 Ford Motor Company was born.

Ford Motor Company

The car made by Ford Motor Company was the Model A. Model A was an eight- horsepower and 2 cylinder vehicle. Because only a few cars were a day Ford began to search for ways to make a reliable, efficient, and affordable automobile. This search gave birth to the Model T. The Model T was built in 1908 and it was a smashing success. Soon Ford was getting more orders than he could supply so he came up with the revolutionary assembly line. The workers were being paid 5 dollars for an eight hour day, against a nine hour day and being paid $2.34. The Model T was in a high in demand, so high in fact that by 1918 half of the cars in the U.S were Model T’s.

Sources:

https://www.history.com/topics/inventions/henry-ford

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ford-Motor-Company

https://corporate.ford.com/history.html

 

 

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