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Spotlight: Henry Ford

Spotlight: Henry Ford

Henry Ford

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A common misconception among beginner automobile lovers is that Henry Ford, the esteemed founder of the Ford Motor Company “invented” the automobile. In fact, this is not the case, and when delving into the history of the automotive industry, it can be difficult to pinpoint any one person as having invented the automobile. That said, it is fair to say that Ford revolutionized the industry and contributed to a large chunk of the economy which revolved around the auto industry for decades. His innovation with regard to the assembly line as a manner of stream-lining the production process, certainly changed the game. In combination with the assembly line, his use of interchangeable parts made the production process more efficient, not to mention  much less stressful to car buyers.

The Henry Ford Museum

The Henry Ford Museum

Model TWithout question Henry Ford was one of the most important historical figures of his day. And in fact, if you look at the big picture Henry Ford was one of the most influential Americans who ever lived.

Henry Ford was born in 1863 right outside of Detroit, Michigan and it is no accident that Detroit became known as the Motor City with Ford’s assistance.

When the company came out with the Ford Model T in 1908 the automotive industry was permanently transformed, and everyday people could afford to take to the roadways in their own motor vehicles.