1863-Henry Ford born July
1891-Ford becomes an engineer
at the Edison illuminated company.
1893-Edsel Ford born.
1896-Ford drives his first
quadricycle through Detroit.
1898-Ford's second car completed.
1899-Detroit Automobile Company
organized. Ford named superrintendent.
1900-Detroit Automobile Company
ends late in the year with poor sale.
1901-Henry Ford Company formed
November 30. Henry Ford given one-sixth share and name chief engineer.Ford
leaves after only three months,takes with him the name and $900.
1902-Former Henry Ford Company
renames itself Cadillac. Ford and Tom Cooper biuld two 80-horse power race
cars know as "Arrow" and "999."Barney Oldfield becomes first driver to
circle a one-mile track in less than a minute driving 999. Ford and Alexander
Y. Malcomson organize the Ford & Malcomson Company,ltd.
1903-With more investors,company
incorporated as Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford with 25,5% interest,first
car introduced,called the Model A. Henry Ford is refused a license under
Selden patent to build automobile. Ford continues to build car anyway.
1904-Model B,C and F introduced.
1905-Henry Ford buys out Malcomson.
1906-Model K,N,R and S introduced.
1908-Model T introduced.
1911-After an eight year court
struggle,Ford wins appellate court decision regarding Selden patent infrigements.
1913-Mass production begins
reducing a 12 ½ hour chassis build time down to 1½ hour.
1914-Ford doubles the wages
of most of his workers to $5 per day.3/5 ths of all cars built are Model
Ts and they are all painted black.
1918-Edsel Ford named president
of Ford Motor Company.
1921-Henry Leland leaves Cadillac
and starts up Lincoln Motor Company.
1922-Model T passes the million
mark in annual sales.Ford buys out Lincoln.
1925-Balloon Tires offered
on Ts and different colors offered once again.
1927-Model T production stopped
after over 15,000,000 built. Model A production begins.
1932-Model A production ends
after over 5,000,000 built Ford V8 introduced.
1935-Lincoln Zephyr introduced.
Ford paces Indy 500.
1939-Lincoln Continental introduced.
1941-Ford six cylinder introduced.
1943-Edsel Ford dies of cancer
an undulant fever.
1945-Henry Ford II named president
over Henry Ford's objection. Lincoln Mercury division formed.
1946-Lincoln paces Indy 500.
1947-Henry Ford dies.
1948-Benson Ford named vice
president & general manager of Lincoln Mercury.
1950-Mercury paces Indy 500.
1957-Edsel introduced. Mercury
paces Indy 500.
1959-Edsel discontinues production
one month after 1960 models introduced.
1964-Mustang introduced. Falcon
sets first year sales record of around 417000.
1965-Mustang sales total 418000
in first year of production to eclipse Falcon record set one year earlier.
1978-Benson Ford dies.
1980-Henry Ford II retires
1990-Ford purchases Jaguar
for 2.5 billion.