(Posted on May 21, 2019 at 04:18PM by Michelle Bogle)
A common myth or misconception is that Ford’s iconic Blue Oval logo features Henry Ford’s signature. But, in actuality, that’s not the case. The lettering was designed by Childe Harold Wills in 1907, who was a close friend of the inventor. Wills used a calligraphy stencil from his grandfather’s set to create his own stylized letters to represent the Ford brand.
Over the years, the logo has evolved and changed. What began as the black-on-white signature-based emblem morphed into an official oval shape with the symbolic autograph in 1927. There have also been variations with the coloring of the logo, including navy and white and gray and white – the latter was more prominent on Ford Motor Company Limited of Great Britain vehicles.
In 1976, a new 3D Ford badge was unveiled with a silver font and edging. It remained in place until 2003, when the automaker was celebrating its 100th anniversary. To mark the occasion, a "Centennial Blue Oval" was released and featured a special "Centennial Blue" background with white accents. This is the logo that remains in place today.
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(Posted on May 20, 2019 at 07:47AM by Michelle Bogle)
If one were to look back on Henry Ford’s resume, it would appear that he was a Jack of a Trades. Over the years, he gathered experience in various industries and vocations, which would later shape his career and the world of transportation as we know it today.
As a young lad of only 12 years old, Ford spent most of his spare time in a small machine shop. By the time he was 15, he had constructed his first steam engine, then a year later he left Detroit to work as an apprentice machinist. His apprenticeship went on for three years, after which he returned home to Dearborn. Ford furthered his career by operating and repairing steam engines, finding occasional work in a Detroit factory and refurbishing his father's farm equipment. In 1888, Ford went on to support his new bride, Clara Bryant, by running a sawmill.
However, that job didn’t last long – in 1891, Henry Ford went on to become an engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company. Two years into the position, he was promoted to Chief Engineer, which allowed him the funds and time to devote to his personal experiments – most notably, internal combustion engines, which was the foundation that led to the creation of the Ford Motor Company.
Fascinating, right? To learn more about our brand’s early beginnings and Henry Ford’s incredible history, contact our dealership in Renton, Washington.
(Posted on May 3, 2019 at 08:05AM by Michelle Bogle)
One of Henry Ford’s most popular sayings was, “You can have any color as long as it's black.” This was purportedly his classic response to any customer inquiring about the color choices for the Model T. And, indeed, the Model T was only available in black from 1914 through to 1925 – after that, the hues expanded to include green, bright red, dark blue, brown, maroon and gray to keep pace with the competition.
Some question if Ford only offered black due to his personal style preferences; however, the real reasoning for the singular paint color was due to economics. Black paint dried quicker, which allowed the automaker to maintain swift manufacturing speeds to support customer demand and growing volume. The Model T specifically used a paint process called japanning, which is similar to baked enamel. It made for a shiny black surface that was very hard and durable – and, funnily enough, the only pigment that was suitable for japanning was black.
If Ford was alive today, he’d be pleased to know that black is ranked in the top three most popular paint colors and is the second most popular hue for convertibles and coupes, like the Mustang. Black certainly is a classic choice!
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Ford helped democratize the automobile in the early 1900s, bringing it to many Americans of all different stripes. A big part of this was the popularization of the Model T, but that wasn’t the only contributor to the overall trend—instead, to better understand what went on, we should look to the Model N.
The Model N was actually a successor to the Model C and, before that, the Model A (the first gasoline auto from the brand). The N was specifically built as an entry-level machine. Manufactured at Ford’s Piquette Avenue Plant, it came with a 149-cubic-inch four-cylinder engine with L-head valves and the ability to produce 15 horsepower. This was paired to a two-speed manual transmission, all sitting atop an 84-inch wheelbase. Also notable was the fact it was the first machine in the U.S. to be built with vanadium steel.
In part, because the Model N only cost $500, it quickly became America’s best-selling vehicle. Sold only in maroon, seven thousand were produced and sold by 1908.
(Posted on Apr 26, 2019 at 09:38AM by Darby Riales)
As America’s favorite muscle car, the Ford Mustang might just be the most recognizable vehicle in the world. In its first two years of production, the company sold over one million models. Even with its pony logo on the front, how it got its name is still unclear.
It has been debated for a long time whether this robust ride was titled after the wild horses of the western region or the P-51 Fighter plane. Cougar and Torino were also thrown into the hat for consideration, but Mustang was ultimately decided on for unknown reasons.
Recently, a 1967 Shelby GT Super Snake sold at auction for a whopping $2.2 million in Kissimmee, Florida. This one-of-a-kind prototype can reach a top speed of 170 mph and was initially sold for only $5,000.
The new 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 is a high-performance four-seater that will have heads turning everywhere you go. Growling under the hood is a 5.2L V8 engine that pushes out 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with RWD and a six-speed manual transmission, you can burn some serious rubber with this beast.
The 1965 Ford Mustang is a cool car with an even greater story.
Through 1964, the Mustang was America’s hottest-selling vehicle. As such, the general manager at the Empire State Building got it into his head that it would be neat to feature the all-new 1965 pony car in a display at the building. As you might anticipate, Ford Motor Company agreed… however, it turned out that the process behind making it happen is likely far more complex than you may think.
First, the folks at Ford had to measure all the hallways, elevators, and doors in the Empire State Building that may be involved in setting up the Mustang. They then cut a 1965 pony car convertible into four separate primary parts (plus several additional pieces) and made three separate dry runs in an environment they created to sim the event right within their Dearborn headquarters. Once this was done, it was time to head to New York.
On October 20, 1965, at 10:30 p.m., the Mustang convertible was disassembled at the ground level of the Empire State Building and then brought up its elevator. It was then lifted onto the observation deck before undergoing a reassembly process on the 86th floor that lasted six hours. Once complete, it was photographed by a helicopter.
The 1965 Mustang would spend five months at the Empire State Building before being removed. Call us at Sound Ford to learn more fun facts!
(Posted on Apr 19, 2019 at 08:00AM by Darby Riales)
Despite Henry Ford’s pacifist stance, he quickly jumped into aiding the United States during WWII due to lucrative business opportunities. Being openly opposed to the nation getting involved in another war, he took on a different view after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
During this time period, the American automaker produced 390,000 armored tanks and trucks, 86,000 aircraft, 57,000 airplane engines, 4,000 gliders, and thousands of generators and superchargers for military use. Engineers even developed the B-24 Liberator bomber, which could carry a crew of 10 and had gunners situated on two flexible ball-mounts on the sides.
Even though Ford no longer participates in building war machines, you can still find the toughest vehicles in the country. Anything from the F-Series will not disappoint. This includes the new 2019 SuperDuty F-350 Lariat. Powered by a 6.7L V8 diesel engine, this beast delivers 450 hp and 935 lb-ft of torque.
The Lariat trim level includes a two-bar style chrome grille and quad-dual beam halogen headlights for an aggressive exterior look. You can also listen to satellite radio through the premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Ford’s been doing big things for decades now, but 2018? Well, 2018 marked their finest year yet, at least by one metric.
For five years running, Ford improved its J.D. Power score consecutively. However, the biggest takeaway is that, in 2018, it was announced by J.D. Power that the Big Blue Oval had received its highest score ever in the study. Further, the automaker is now No. 2 among all participating manufacturers. The key behind this improvement has been attributed to general quality enhancements that other automakers simply cannot keep up with, across the segments of audio, connectivity, navigation, and entertainment. More specifically, the SYNC 3 software has been pegged as a key differentiator.
“Customers want a vehicle that keeps them connected whether they’re going places or just out enjoying a drive,” said Ford's Director of Quality, Jim Van Slambrouck. “Our improving quality scores show we are delivering smart vehicles for a smart world that are also easy to use.”
Notably, Ford is also celebrating having nine separate vehicles placing in the top three of their respective segments, including the Mustang, Expedition, and F-Series.
(Posted on Apr 11, 2019 at 10:10AM by Darby Riales)
There are many facts about World War I that made it such a significant turning point in history. For example, this was the first time motorized vehicles were used for battle. Soldiers and supplies had previous been moved via horse. The introduction of trucks cut the transportation runs for military equipment down drastically, resulting in a quicker conclusion.
The Model T was utilized in a variety of ways. Its versatility enabled it to be outfitted as an ambulance or even as a cargo hauler for artillery. However, it should be noted that Henry Ford joined a group of pacifists in 1915. They sailed to Europe on a peace mission, which led to a sudden increase in popularity for him.
The 1916 Model T Field Ambulance featured a canvas cover on a wooden frame. Powered by a water-cooled 4-cylinder engine, it had a top speed of 45 mph. This was incredibly fast for the era.
The very first tank can also be accredited to Ford. Known as the 3-Ton M1918, it could seat two people and was armed with a Browning machine gun that held 550 rounds of ammunition.
What did a cool guy like Jim Morrison, frontman of “The Doors,” prefer to drive? Well, you guessed it… it was a Ford!
Now, more specifically, Morrison’s car of choice was the 1967 Shelby GT 500. You see, following the release of the hit single, “Light My Fire,” Morrison’s record company gave the singer a present: a blue Shelby GT 500. The frontman’s friend, Babe Hill, christened it “The Blue Lady” and Morrison absolutely loved it.
Unfortunately, Morrison wasn’t the best driver—or at least, he liked to bend the rules and drive very aggressively. As such, the car was eventually lost, although no one really knows how or why. Regardless, after 1969 “The Blue Lady” was never seen again. Mysterious, huh?
A little background on Morrison’s GT: It produced 335 horses at 5,400 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 420-lb.-ft. of torque at 3,200 RPM. Wow, right? As a result, the machine could travel 95 MPH and perform a standing quarter mile in only 15 seconds. It also went 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds.