Monday, October 15, 2012

How Many Of These Ford's Do You Remember?

1950 Ford F1

1949 Ford Station Wagon

1941 Ford Tow Truck

1950 Ford Sedan

1933 Ford Fordor Sedan

1994 Ford Explorer

On August 27, 1993, Ford Motor Company's one millionth Explorer was built at our Louisville Assembly Plant. Since its introduction in 1990, Ford has sold more than six million Explorers.

1929 Model AA Stakeside Truck

August 21, 1997 marked the day that Ford delivered the first factory-built natural gas-powered Crown Victoria to be used as a New York City taxi cab.

On August 28, 2000, Ford unveiled its exclusive 2002 Neiman Marcus Edition Thunderbird at the 50th Annual Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach. The elegantly designed vehicle would be only available in black body color and silver removable hard top, with chrome 17” wheels and matching A-pillar. There would only be 200 units available through the Neiman Marcus “Christmas Book” at an MSRP of $41,995.

August 10, 1999 marked the unveiling of the Harley-Davidson F-150 pickup truck. The truck was all black with the Harley-Davidson pin striping and chrome accessories. The 4x2 SuperCab pickup with a flareside box was topped by a hard shell tonneau cover on a 139 inch chassis.

The all-new 2013 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion stock car, the model that was just approved for ‘13 competition by NASCAR.

On July 27, 1917, Ford announced that it would begin selling its first dedicated truck chassis. Prior to 1917, Ford used car chassis with pick up and commercial bodies for their truck. The new Model TT chassis was two feet longer than the Model T chassis and had stiffer suspension, with heavy-duty wheel hubs and solid rubber tires. While only three Model TT chassis were produced in 1917, Ford went on to produce 1,471,441 chassis through the product run, which ended in 1928, with the introduction of the Model AA. The photo below is a 1918 Model TT truck.

Did you know that more than 10 pounds of scrap cotton from jeans, sweaters, T-shirts and other items – material that otherwise would be sent to a landfill – is used in sound-absorption material throughout the 2013 Escape?

The 2006 Ford GT. The designers drew inspiration from Ford GT40 racing cars of the 1960's when they designed this model.

On July 17, 1985, the very first Ford Aerostar rolled off the St. Louis Plant assembly line. The Aerostar provided the best balance between passenger comfort and light truck versatility. Did you ever use an Aerostar to get from here to there in the '80's, '90's, or even now?

July 19, 1999 marked the first day of production for two breakthrough products - the Ford Focus and Ford Excursion. The Ford Excursion began US production at the Kentucky Truck Plant, while Ford Focus production began further north at the Wayne (MI) Assembly Plant.

The Ford Model T debuted on October 1, 1908 and thanks to Henry Ford’s vision, put the world on wheels. More than 15,000,000 of this universal car were built and sold in the 19 years that the model was available.

The groundbreaking ceremony for Ford Motor Company World Headquarters was held on September 28, 1953 in Dearborn, Michigan. World Headquarters is 12 stories tall, and contains nearly 5 acres of glass, hence its nickname: The Glass House.

On October 7, 1913, the world's first moving automotive assembly line began operation at Highland Park Plant. Henry Ford and Ford engineers used the mass production process of the moving assembly line, creating and defining the industrial age and enabling Ford to steadily decrease the price of the Model T. In 1908, the first Model T’s sold for $825. By 1925, it sold for only $260.

In the early 1920's, Fordson could be found at the Michigan State Fair in September exhibiting tractors to the public. Fair-goers could check out the tractors and other farm equipment on display, as well as watch tractor demonstations.

On September 10, 1942, Ford's Willow Run Plant delivered its first completed B-24 to the US Army. Willow Run would go on to produce more than 8,500 B-24s during its 3 years of production during World War II.

Source: Ford

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