Facts about Ford: 30 Unknown Things About the 2nd-Largest Car Company in the World

How well do you know your Ford cars? Well, you can test your skill with our list of interesting and unbeknown facts about Ford.


Commonly known as ‘Ford’, the Ford Motor Company is best known as a legendary car manufacturing company. It is renowned for debuting as the first auto manufacturer to automate production with an assembly line, pay workers a so-called fair daily wage and produce vehicles for the mass-market and everyday consumer.


An American multinational automobile manufacturer, Ford was founded by Henry Ford in June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and luxury cars under its Lincoln luxury brand. Ford is the second-largest U.S.-based automaker (behind General Motors) and the fifth-largest in the world (behind Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyundai and General Motors) based on 2015 vehicle production. In this blog, we have covered unique facts about Ford that are unknown to a majority of us.


Facts about Ford: Inception and Initial Days


  1. Ford is the second-largest family-owned company in the world. Henry Ford’s great-grandson, William Clay Ford, Jr. currently resides as the company’s executive chairman.
  2. The ‘Henry Ford Company’ was Henry Ford’s first attempt at a car manufacturing company and was established on November 3, 1901. This became the Cadillac Motor Company on August 22, 1902, after Ford left with the rights to his name.
  3. Although the company went public in 1956, the Ford family, through special Class B shares, still retains 40% of the voting rights.
  4. The first president was not Ford, but local banker John S. Gray, who was chosen in order to assuage investors’ fears that Ford would leave the new company the way he had left its predecessor.
  5. The very first Ford sold was to Dr. Pfennig in 1903, for a grand total of $850. The “Model A” had a 2-cylinder engine and could reach a max speed of 30 mph
  6. Ford’s current CEO, William Clay Ford, Jr., or Bill Ford, currently owns the first Ford vehicle ever sold in 1903.


Facts about Ford: Henry Ford and Thomas Edison


  1. Before Henry Ford became the most well-known name in American vehicles, he worked for Thomas Edison at the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit, Michigan.
  2. Edison encouraged Ford to work on gasoline-powered engines when the idea caught his imagination.
  3. As requested by Ford, Thomas Edison’s son captured Edison’s last exhale in a test tube and sealed it with a cork. Ford kept the tube as a memorial to Edison’s “life and breath.”


Facts about Ford: Signature Logo and ‘Go-Green’


  1. Ford’s signature blue, oval logo was not introduced until 4 years after the company had already been in production.
  2. Ford was one of the first companies to “go green” and use natural materials in its production.
  3. During the early 1930s, Ford factories were using biofuels. The factories would burn human and animal waste as fuel, powering their machinery with renewable resources.


Facts About Ford: Employees’ Retention


  1. In 1914 Ford offered its employees double the current market average, creating Henry Ford’s “$5-a-day.”
  2. The new salary, accompanied by a shorter working day and company profit sharing, minimized employee turnover, and was significant in growing the middle class and fair wages movement. Henry Ford was quoted saying he wanted to help his workers to a “life” not just a “living.”
  3. Ford introduced methods for large-scale manufacturing of cars and large-scale management of an industrial workforce using elaborately engineered manufacturing sequences typified by moving assembly lines.
  4. By 1914, the methods used by Ford were known around the world as ‘Fordism’.
  5. In 2008, Ford produced 5.532 million automobiles and employed about 213,000 employees at around 90 plants and facilities worldwide.


Facts About Ford: The Mustang and Top Models


  1. In 1964, after Ford debuted the Mustang, 94,000 pedal-powered toy Mustangs were bought for children the following Christmas season.
  2. In 1965, a Ford Mustang was transported in 4 separate pieces to the observation deck of the Empire State Building, using resident elevators, where it was reassembled and photographed by helicopter. The car was later reassembled inside the building until it was eventually taken apart and removed from the building 5 months later.
  3. The only car that Jim Morrison, legendary Doors singer, ever owned was a 1967 Shelby GT 500.
  4. Chevrolet actually used a Ford SuperDuty to set up their Chevy Truck display at the Texas State Fair in 2012.
  5. When former President Gerald Ford was describing his no-nonsense, style of governing, he was quoted as saying, “I’m a Ford, not a Lincoln,” comparing President Lincoln’s eloquence with Lincoln, the luxury car company owned by Ford Motor Company.
  6. Ford F-Series has been consistently ranked as the #1 selling car in America so far in 2013.
  7. There’s a reason the first Ford model most of us are familiar with is the Model T. Henry Ford didn’t pick the letter at random; Ford went through nineteen unsuccessful models of car before their twentieth, the Model T, found success.
  8. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom and a 32% stake in China’s Jiangling Motors.
  9. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
  10. Ford’s former UK subsidiaries Jaguar and Land Rover, acquired in 1989 and 2000 respectively, were sold to the Indian automaker Tata Motors in March 2008.
  11. In 2011, Ford discontinued the Mercury brand, under which it had marketed entry-level luxury cars in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East since 1938.


Facts About Ford: Other Ventures


  1. Established in 1949 by Henry Ford II, Ford Fund is a nonprofit corporate foundation financed by contributions from Ford Motor Company. In 2017, it contributed $63 million to various causes with a focus on education, driving safely and community building.
  2. The Ford Driving Skills for Life program is a driver safety program aimed at teens that were developed together with the Governors Highway Safety Association and safety experts.


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Porsche Creates 911 Classic Club Coupe out of a Run-Down 996

In a piece of recent news, Porsche has launched its Classic Club Coupe edition. Last year in 2021, Porsche launched Sonderwunsch, the resurrection of a 1970s-era program, and it’s dedicated to building one-off dream cars based on new and old Porsches. This collaboration bore its first fruit, a custom 911 GT3 with a Le Mans-winning livery, last fall.


The Classic Club Coupe


Now in 2022 Porsche has revealed the latest from Sonderwunsch: the 911 Classic Club Coupe, drawing inspiration from the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and 2009 911 Sport Classic. The company worked closely with the Porsche Club of America on the project, which spanned two and a half years. It started life as a 1998 911 Carrera that the executive director of the Porsche Club of America found in derelict condition in Columbia, Virginia.

The car was then sent to the Porsche Classic workshop near the main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, where it underwent a complete restoration and gained the chassis, brakes, and engine from the 996.2 GT3. That naturally aspirated 3.6-liter flat-six is good for 381 horsepower.


Astounding Metallics and Sleek


The car is finished in Sport Grey Metallic, with full-length light Sport Grey racing stripes outlined in Club Blue, similar to the 911 Sport Classic. At the rear, a ducktail spoiler protrudes between the taillights in a nod to the Carrera RS 2.7. The Classic Club Coupe also gains a double-bubble roof that, like the spoiler, was hand-built for this car, and rides on 18-inch forged aluminum Fuchs wheels.

Inside, the Classic Club Coupe is covered in black leather with Slate Grey and Club Blue accents, an Alcantara headliner, and a woven black and Slate Grey pattern on the seats and door panels. The ‘Classic Club Coupe’ script appears throughout, and the car receives modern touches including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM.

Porsche says all of the technical modifications were evaluated so that the car remains in compliance with U.S. regulations. Having been the customer for this factory restoration project, the Porsche Club of America has taken delivery of the completed vehicle, according to a Porsche spokesperson.


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How is Porsche coming up with its own network of EV Charging stations?

In a piece of recent and very rare move, Porsche announced that it is planning on building its own network of electric vehicle or EV charging stations. It also announced that it aims to have 80 percent of its sales be electric vehicles by 2030.


Network of EV Charging Stations


Porsche’s rare move of coming up with its own network of EV charging stations was outlined during the automaker’s annual meeting, in which it also revealed plans to expand its portfolio of EVs with an all-electric Macan compact SUV and 718 sports cars.

Porsche EV owners currently rely on third-party companies for their charging needs. The automaker, which sells the Porsche Taycan in addition to some plug-in hybrid models, has a partnership with EV charging provider Ionity, a joint venture with Ford, BMW, Daimler, and Porsche-parent company Volkswagen. But now, Porsche has expressed willingness to build its own EV charging network, à la Tesla’s Superchargers.


EV Chargers along Well-trafficked Corridors


The chargers will be built along well-trafficked corridors in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. The chargers will be built along well-trafficked corridors in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, with the first installations taking place at the end of the year. According to the company, the Porsche-branded charging stations would be exclusively for Porsche customers, and are meant to supplement Ionity’s charging network in Europe.

The investment in premium charging stations is meant to boost Porsches sales of EVs, which it hopes will comprise 80 percent of its sales by 2030. The company is also spending money on battery production, which it hopes will be ready for series production by 2024. Porsche envisions its charging stations as luxury lounges, where EV owners can have a drink and relax while their vehicles are plugged in. Executives said they would consider expanding the network into China and the US at a later date.

As far as the automaker’s upcoming EVs, Porsche said its next-generation mid-engine 718 will be exclusively electric. The 718 will take inspiration from the Mission R, the automaker’s racecar concept. But while the electric Macan crossover will be coming out soon, we won’t get to see the 718 EV until 2025.


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