Ford Motor Company traces its history all the way back to 1896, when Henry Ford built the Quadricycle. It rode on four bicycle wheels and was powered by a four horsepower engine. The Quadricycle was steered with a tiller like a boat rather than a steering wheel. In 1899, Ford joined a group that founded the Detroit Automobile Company, but he left the venture within a year. In 1901 Ford built the 26 horsepower Sweepstakes and defeated a 70 horsepower vehicle built by Alexander Winton in a 10-mile race at the Detroit Driving Club. This led to the short-lived Henry Ford Company.
In 1903 the Ford Motor Company was incorporated with 12 investors and 1000 shares. A $28,000 investment led to the first Model A on July 23, 1903. By October, the company had realized a profit of $37,000. Ford Motor Company of Canada formed in 1904. The Model T was introduced in 1908, and the first overseas branch opened in Paris that year. Ford introduced the moving assembly line in 1913, reducing the assembly time for a Model T from 12.5 to 1.5 hours. This revolution in manufacturing has continued to this day and drove the price of a Model T lower, allowing more people to own them.
The innovation continued through the decades:
1920s — Acquisition of Lincoln Motor Company, production of Ford Tri-Motor aircraft, a new Model A design for 1928
1930s — Introduction of the V8 flathead engine, introduction of the Lincoln Zephyr, unveiling the mid-priced Mercury line
1940s — the first United Auto Workers contract, conversion to military equipment manufacturing for WW2, introduction of the F-series truck, introduction of the 1949 Ford as the first post-war design
1950s — crash testing begins, Ford becomes publicly traded, introduction of the Continental Mk II, introduction of the Edsel, Ford Credit is founded
1960s — introduction of the Ford Mustang, Ford-Philco designs the Control Center for manned moon missions, the Transit is released in Europe, three Ford GT 40 Mk IIs take the top three spots at the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race
1970s — Release of three-point self-adjusting seat belts, introduction of Fiesta in Europe, introduction of the downsized Panther
1980s — Sales begin of the fifth-generation Escort, introduction of the Taurus, introduction of the modular assembly in St. Louis
1990s — Introduction of the Explorer, Mondeo, Ranger electric vehicle, Lincoln Navigator
2000s — Ford celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2003, introduces the GT premium sports car, begins offering SYNC in 2008 models, and begins offering turbocharged EcoBoost engines
2010 to today — Ford discontinues the Mercury line in 2011, introduces the 13th generation F-150, Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary, Ford Smart Mobility is created, and the 50-year anniversary of Le Mans 24-hour is celebrated
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