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Spotlight: Henry Ford
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
Without 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.
Introducing The Ford Galaxie
When you are a classic Ford buff you will inevitably research the history of all of your favorite old school Ford models. Doing this is a lot of fun from a purely automotive perspective, but there are broader lessons that seep into your head whether you’re looking for them or not.
Examining the history of Ford motor vehicles brings you face-to-face with American history as well as automotive history, and this is just how important auto making has been to this country that we call home.
The Ford Falcon
When you examine the evolution of the automobile industry in the United States you find that different trajectories invariably emerge based on the economic realities of the day. There was a time when most families only had one car that car was driven by the man of the house for the most part. But toward the end of the 1950s things began to change a bit in this regard and two-car households became less foreign.
Welcome Classic Ford Fans
People who are aficionados of American cars of the past are aware of just how important the Ford Motor Company has always been. In a very real sense Ford revolutionized the American business model via the concept attributed to founder Henry Ford that was subsequently dubbed “Fordism.” This involved mass manufacturing products that many ordinary people could afford while paying workers well.
In fact, Ford set the price point of the Model T so that it would be affordable to the people who were actually building the car. This certainly makes a lot of sense and it helped to create the American middle class during the 20th century.