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We are all at least somewhat familiar with Henry Ford’s successes with the gasoline engine and within the automobile industry in general. However, he had other passions, too, and he absolutely loved to tinker as a young lad. When he was a kid, he was already considered to be an extremely talented watch repairman. But at the age of 15, he really outdid himself with the creation of his own steam engine.
Yup—he wasn’t always all about gas motors. Ford put together his first steam engine as a teen in 1878. While it took some guessing and checking (and, admittedly, a few failures), his work in this regard would influence and promote his eventual achievements with gasoline-based endeavors. It was one small but not insignificant step toward his dream of a proper “horseless carriage.”
Later on, in 1891, Ford began his mentorship under Thomas Edison at the Edison Illuminating Company. It took him only two years to become Chief Engineer for the company and, by 1893, the money he had earned was enough to support his dream of crafting his first gasoline motor.
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford didn’t only have a working relationship. The one mentored the other and, most importantly, the two were great friends. All in all, Edison had a profound and positive effect on Ford… and that’s what we’re going to dive into with today’s “Fact of the Day!”
The time period was the 1890s and Henry Ford was most certainly not yet a wealthy, famous entrepreneur and innovator. Instead, he was a smart, deft engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company. When he wasn’t working, he spent his free time tinkering away and attempting to develop a gasoline motor. Once he heard about Ford’s off-hours dedication, instead of being disapproving, Edison stepped in to encourage the young man and his dream of a “horseless carriage.”
Edison’s support would end up being a monumental force in Ford’s life at the time and, eventually, helped the latter to craft his first automobile, the Quadricycle. Created in 1896, it sported a gearbox, tiller, four bike wheels, and a four-horsepower engine.
Young Henry never lost sight of how much his mentor’s encouragement meant to him and, when Edison passed away in 1931, Ford had the inventor’s son capture his father’s last breath in a test tube. Ford kept it as a memento and a tribute to his dearest of friends.
In our previous Fact of the Day entry, we spoke on the background of the creation of the first pony car from 1962 until its release in 1964. Now, for the curious, we wanted to offer some fun details about what made that first Ford Mustang so special.
The first Mustang was a blazingly fast entrant into the automotive segment for its day. It came with a 170-cu.in. straight-six engine that produced 101 horses. However, there were optional V8s that upped the ante further. The most ferocious of the lot? A 289-cu.in. unit with 10.5 compression, dual exhaust, solid lifters, and a manual choke. It produced a whopping 271 horses!
The 1964 Mustang sold for $2,368. By its first weekend of availability, 22,000 of the pony cars were already ordered. The first year alone saw 303,408 models built and, through 1966, more than 1.4 million were sold in hardtop, convertible, and Fastback 2 + 2 variants.
Ring us at Sound Ford in Seattle at your earliest convenience! We’d love to talk about the history of the pony car with you and/or put you into a new Mustang today!
The pony car is one of America’s favorite automobiles, whether we’re talking sports coupes or otherwise. So, what led to the creation of this icon? Today, we’re going to take a timeout to discuss the genesis of the Ford Mustang!
It all began in September of 1962. The now-famous Lee Iacocca sold his idea for the ‘Stang to Ford execs, describing a machine that would be youth-oriented. It would eschew conventional design and break from the past… however, Ford had some parameters set that they needed to have followed. The automobile must have a standard six-cylinder, could not ring in at more than 2,500 pounds, and must cost less than $2,500. (Remember, this was the 1960s!)
Iacocca’s blueprint was simple on paper but brilliant when executed. The car would come with a lengthened hood than what was previously seen in those days, have a shorter wheelbase and rear deck, and a lower roofline. And so, with a list price of $2,368, the first Mustang went on sale on March 9, 1964. The rest is history.
You may not have been aware, but Ford has been winning even more consumer attention of late and celebrated September 2018 with some blockbuster sales. These numbers represent great overall sentiment around the brand and speak well for how the F-Series, Expedition, and Mustang lines, in particular, are set to close out the year.
Ford’s F-Series, which includes their best-selling F-150, has been America’s choice for trucks for generations and that doesn’t seem like it’s going to change any time soon. The Detroit manufacturer sold a total of more than 75,000 F-Series pick-ups last month alone. How does that compare to truck lines from other automakers? Well, let’s just say no one else has sold more than 60,000 pickups in a single month even once this year—Ford’s moved more than 80,000 three times thus far.
Expedition sales are also on a record pace, with 3,627 sold in September—an increase of 27.4-percent. Also, Mustang continues to be America’s best-selling sports car. Notably, literally one out of every three of the machines in that segment that are sold in America are pony cars!
Milestones are fun and Ford’s certainly had more than their fair share of them. The Detroit manufacturer is, of course, a legend in the automobile industry, but one fact that has faded from the knowledge of most is that the Model T—or any variation of it—was not the first car Ford sold.
The truth is, the first mass-produced machine from the Big Blue Oval brand was the Model A. And the first sale? A two-cylinder-engine machine that went to a Chicago dentist named Ernest Pfennig on July 23, 1903. It cost him $850, although there was also an $800 two-seater and a $900 tonneau variant available. Pfennig’s ride, specifically, had a top speed of 30 MPH—not bad for the time period, huh?
Ernest Pfennig’s Model A and those like it were manufactured for one year between 1903 and 1904 at the automaker’s first facility—the Mack Avenue Plant in Detroit. A total of 1,750 were created during this time period. Afterward, the Model A was supplanted by the Model C and, eventually, the Model T. As for Dr. Pfennig, he had a wonderful ride that we hope and trust lasted him a number of years.
That’s right. Instead of being named after Ford, it first bared the moniker of his dear friend and mentor, Thomas Edison. The former threw a big soiree for the latter in 1929, which marked the 50th anniversary of the invention of the incandescent light bulb. The party was a commemoration of Edison’s achievements and served as the natural starting point for Ford to act as the brainchild of a future museum to honor his friend. Eventually, it opened to the public in 1933 as the Thomas Edison Institute in Dearborn, Michigan, and Ford was in attendance to give the dedication.
That’s not the end of the story, though. The Thomas Edison Institute remained as such for only 14 years. When Henry Ford passed away in 1947, the museum was renamed to honor him and reflect his contribution to the American automotive industry. While the name changed, Edison’s achievements are still featured within, as are those of a large variety of exceptional Americans. However, the new version of the museum features every Ford car ever manufactured—a total of 200, including the first Mustang. Also, other mementos of Ford’s are on display, including furniture, farm tools, and home appliances from his childhood home.
Henry Ford lived a life rich with invention and engineering triumphs. His final product innovation, however, would join his many others in the way it affected a large group of people as opposed to only having an impact within a limited sphere.
Beginning in 1926, Henry Ford developed the Ford flathead V8. Also known as the “flatty” or “Ford flathead,” it was completed in 1932 with the help of licensees as a valve-in-block engine. While it was not the first eight-cylinder motor available publicly, it was the first affordable one—much like Ford’s other accomplishments, it was made with the average consumer in mind.
First introduced on the Model 18 car, the Ford flathead V8 found mass success. Unlike other V8s which relied on five bearings, it was smartly simplistic and required only three bearings supporting the crankshaft. This served to drive down the cost of production on the 65-HP motor. Another difference was that Ford’s iteration had its camshaft mounted on top of the crankshaft, undoubtedly influencing the design of pushrod overhead-valve engines that would come later.
Ford’s now one of the most familiar brands to consumers in the Americas and has been for a long time. And while it’s been tweaked a few times, part of that recognition is tied to the iconic “signature” logo of the Big Blue Oval brand. It adorns the front grilles of Mustangs, Explorers, F-150s, and more… so, what’s the story behind it?
The Ford logo was originally designed by C. Harold Wills. It’s also known as the Centennial Blue Oval following its most recent 2003 update and, while the oval may be new, the famous “Ford” script has always been there. The question is: Is it really Henry Ford’s signature?
Well, it sort of is… but not in the strictest sense. While the script is based on Henry Ford’s signature and a typesetting kit Wills employed back in 1906, it only somewhat approximates the way Ford wrote his name. This is the same case as with another exceptionally famous company logo—the Walt Disney Company’s. In both cases, the alterations result in a more legible logo that is more suitable for branding, all while keeping the primary visual elements and “spirit” of the signature in tact.
Ford’s F-Series is really something else. You may have heard that its F-150 line has been the best-selling vehicle for decades—not just the best-selling truck—yet, when you really dive into the figures, things get even more impressive.
In 2017, Ford Motor Company moved almost 900,000 F-Series trucks. To put that into perspective, that’s more than the combined (yes, combined!) total of the GMC Sierra and Chevy’s Silverado, which together only sold approximately 800,000 units for that year.
But there’s more. At an all-time level, there have been greater than 32 million F-Series trucks that have been manufactured to date. In fact, on average, two are currently sold every single minute. That amounts to a $41 billion business—that’s larger than Facebook, Coca-Cola, and Nike! And because the average transaction cost of an F-Series is more than $50,000, it also qualifies as a luxury brand. Towards that end, it’s second in the United States to only Mercedes-Benz. Wow!
Keep it with us for more cool F-Series-related facts! And, as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a ring. We’re here to help!