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Ford Motor Cars Through the Years

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Henry Ford
Henry Ford 1919

Edsel Ford
Edsel Ford 1921

Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation based in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The automaker was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The organization offers autos and business vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury autos under the Lincoln mark. Ford likewise owns Brazilian SUV maker, Troller, and Australian performance auto producer FPV. In the past it has additionally created tractors and car parts. Ford has a 2.1% stake in Mazda of Japan, a 8% ownership in Aston Martin in the United Kingdom, and a 49% ownership in Jiangling of China. It likewise has various joint-ventures, one such venture in China (Changan Ford Mazda), another in Taiwan (Ford Lio Ho), another in Thailand (AutoAlliance Thailand), another in Turkey (Ford Otosan), and another in Russia (Ford Sollers). Ford is also listed on the New York Stock Exchange and controlled over by the Ford family, in spite of the fact that they have minority proprietorship (however greater part of the voting power).

Ford initiated techniques for large scale manufacture of autos and large scale administration of a industrial workforce utilizing intricately designed manufacturing sequences embodied by moving moving production lines; by 1914 these strategies were referred to far and wide as Fordism. Ford's previous UK subsidiaries Jaguar and Land Rover, obtained in 1989 and 2000 respectively, were sold to in March, 2008 Tata Motors of India. Ford also owned the Swedish auto company Volvo from 1999 to 2010, which it sold to Geely Automobile. In 2011, Ford quit making the Mercury brand, under which it had sold entry-level luxury autos in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East since 1938.

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Major redesigns occur every five years or so; not much changes in between. Dividing them into generations provides more meaningful distinctions.

Ford Model A (1903-1904)

1903 Ford Model A
1903 Ford Model A
1904 Ford Model A
1904 Ford Model A
The original Ford Model A is the first car produced by Ford, beginning production in 1903. Ernest Pfennig, a Chicago dentist, became the first owner of a Model A on July 23, 1903; 1,750 cars were made from 1903 through 1904 during Ford's occupancy of its first facility: the Ford Mack Avenue Plant, a modest rented wood-frame building on Detroit's East Side. The Model A was replaced by the Ford Model C during 1904 with some sales overlap.

Ford Model B (1904)

1904 Ford Model B
1904 Ford Model B

The Ford Model B is an upscale touring car (with polished wood and brass trim) that was introduced in 1904 by Ford. It was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. It was Ford's first car to use the front-engine layout, with a large 24 hp 4-cylinder engine positioned at the front behind a conventional radiator. The smaller Model A-derived Model C positioned its flat 2-cylinder motor under the seat. 1904 Ford Model B Touring
Priced at $2000 (equivalent to $56000 today), the Model B was a high end car. Produced for three years, sales were predictably slower than the Model C which was priced at 1/3 the cost. The Model B was replaced by the derivative Model K in 1906.

Ford Model C (1904-1905)

1904 Ford Model C
1904 Ford Model C
1905 Ford Model C
1905 Ford Model C
The Ford Model C was produced by Ford Motor Company and introduced in 1904, it was a revision of the 1904 Model A with a more modern appearance. It had a slightly more powerful engine and 6 inch longer wheelbase. Built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, it was the entry-level car in the Ford model lineup, slotting below the upscale Model B. Production ended in 1905 with 800 cars made; it was replaced by the derivative Model F.

Ford Model F (1905-1906)

1905 Ford Model F
1905 Ford Model F
The Ford Model F was produced by Ford. It was a development of the Model A and Model C, but was larger, more modern, and more luxurious. Production started in 1905 and ended in 1906 after about 1,000 were made. It was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. It was a four-seater phaeton with running boards and a side-entrance tonneau standard. It was priced from US$1,000 (equivalent to $27,885 in 2018) to US$1,200 (equivalent to $33,462 in 2018); by contrast, the Colt Runabout was $1,500, the FAL was $1,750, the Cole 30 $1,500, the Enger 40 $2,000, and the Lozier Light Six Metropolitan $3,250. All had green bodies.

Ford Model K (1906-1908)

1906 Ford Model K Touring
1906 Ford Model K Touring
1908 Ford Model K Touring
1908 Ford Model K Touring
1908 Ford Model K Touring
1908 Ford Model K Touring
The Ford Model K is an upscale automobile that was produced by Ford. It was introduced in 1906 and replaced the earlier Model B. The model K was aimed at the top end of the market and featured an inline-6 (the only Ford six until 1941) giving 40 hp. The wheelbase was 120 inches and could be ordered either as a touring or roadster model. Contrary to popular folklore, the Model K was a good seller for Ford Motor Company. In 1906, the first year it was offered, the Model K produced over eighty five percent of Ford Motor Company's new car profit (1906 Ford Motor Company internal audit records). In 1907, the second sales year of the Model K, almost 500 units were sold, making it the best selling six cylinder model in the world.

Ford Model T - generation 1 (1908–1927)

1908 Ford Model T Touring
1908 Ford Model T Touring
1909 Ford Model T Touring
1909 Ford Model T Touring
1910 Ford Model T Touring
1910 Ford Model T Touring
1911 Ford Model T Runabout
1911 Ford Model T Runabout
1912 Ford Model T Roadster
1912 Ford Model T Roadster
 Ed Archer, his wife and their 1915 Model T Speedster - Lincoln Highway Association Centennial Tour in Banta
Ed Archer, his wife and their 1915 Model T Speedster
Ed Archer, his wife and their 1915 Model T Speedster
Ed Archer, his wife and their 1915 Model T Speedster
Ed Archer, his wife and their 1915 Model T Speedster
Ed Archer, his wife and their 1915 Model T Speedster
Lincoln Highway Association Centennial Tour lunch stop in Banta - 1925 Model T Coupe owned by Milton Webb
1925 Model T Coupe owned by Milton Webb
Al Smith's 1926 Ford Model T - Lincoln Center Car Show
Al Smith's 1926 Ford Model T
The Ford Model T (informally called the Tin Lizzie, fliver, T‑Model Ford, Model T, T, or Leaping Lena) was manufactured from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927. It is by and large viewed as the first affordable vehicle, the auto that opened travel working class American; some of this was a result of Ford's effective manufacture, including assembly line vs individual hand crafting. The Model T was named the most influential auto of the twentieth century competing in the 1999 Car of the Century, in front of the Citroën DS, BMC Mini, and Volkswagen Type 1. Selling 16.5 million it stands eighth on the top ten rundown of most sold autos ever starting as of 2012.

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Ford Full Size - Model A - generation 2 (1927–1931)

Looks like a 29 Ford Model A - O'Connor Woods Assisted Living Hot August days Car Show
1929 Ford Model A
Looks like a 30 Ford Model A - O'Connor Woods
1930 Ford Model A
1929 Ford Town Sedan
1929 Ford Town Sedan
1931 Ford Roadster
1931 Roadster
The Model A (conversationally called the A-Model Ford or the A, and A-bone among hot-rodders and customizers), was the second huge accomplishment for the Ford Motor Company, after its forerunner, the Model T. Initially delivered on October 20, 1927, yet not sold until December 2, it succeeded the admired Model T, which had been manufactured for a 18 years. This new Model An (a past model had utilized the name 1903–04) was designated a 1928 model and came in four colors. Visiting day at Ford's new 1930 Long Beach Plant

Ford Full Size - Model B - generation 3 (1932–1934)

1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe
1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe
1932 Ford Coupe Lincoln Center Car Show
1932 Ford 5 Window Coupe
1932 Ford Pickup - Lincoln Center Car Show
1932 Ford Pickup
1933 Ford Sedan
1933 Ford 2 Door Sedan
Dorthea Lange 1933 Ford Woody
1933 Ford Woody
1933 Ford Woody
1933 Ford Woody
1934 Ford with a rumble seat - O'Connor Woods Assisted Living Hot August days Car Show - She was thinking about getting in it
1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe
1934 Ford Speedster
934 Ford Speedster
Ford manufactured three autos from 1932 and 1934: the Model B, Model 18 and Model 40. These replaced the Model A. The Model B continued to make four cylinder 1932 to 1934. The V8 version (Model 18 in 1932, Model 40 in 1933 and 1934) was replaced by the Model 48. It became the first Ford featuring a flathead V‑8. Identical bodies were provided on 4 cylinder Model Bs and the V8 Model 18/40s. The organization likewise discontinued the Model AA truck for the Model BB, which could be purchased with either the four-or eight-cylinder motor.

Ford Full Size - generation 4 (1935–1936)

1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe
1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe
1935 Ford 5 Window Coupe
1935 Ford 5 Window Coupe
1936 Ford Stainless Steel 2 Door Sedan
1936 Ford Stainless Steel 2 Door Sedan
1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe
1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe
For the 1935 model year, the Ford lineup was powered exclusively by a V8 engine. Styling changes introduced the first integrated trunks on sedan models and suspension changes increased interior room. In 1936, further updates included the introduction of solid wheels and the integration of the horn into the bodywork.

Ford Full Size - generation 5 (1937–1940)

Standard and De Luxe
1937 Ford Coupe
1937 Ford Coupe
1937 Ford Coupe - Lincoln Center Car Show
1937 Ford Coupe
1938 Ford Tudor Sedan
1938 Ford Tudor Sedan
1939 Ford Woodie
1939 Ford Woodie
1939 Ford Woodie
1939 Ford Woodie
1940 Ford Pickup - Lincoln Center Car Show
1940 Ford Pickup
1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe - O'Connor Woods
1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe
Kevins 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe
1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe
1940 Ford Standard Coupe
1940 Ford Standard Coupe
1940 Ford Standard Sedan
1940 Ford Standard Sedan
The Ford auto line was redesigned in 1937 with one noteworthy change — the announcement of an entry level 136 CID (2.2 L) V8 as an optional engine to the popular flathead v8 221 CID (3.6 L) engine. The model was an refresh of its ancestor, the Model 48 (itself based upon the Model 40A), and was the main vehicle. It was upgraded all the more thoroughly in 1941. The price was $850. The Ford Line bore several model numbers amid this period: For U.S. production Ford Model Numbers for 85 hp V-8 prepared autos was Model 78 and 60 hp V-8 autos was Model Number 74. becoming Models 81A and 82A in 1938, and then Models 91A and 92A in 1939.

Ford Full Size - generation 6 (1941–1948)

Special, De Luxe, and Super De Luxe.
1941 Ford Soybean Car
1941 Ford Soybean Car
1941 Ford Super De Luxe Coupe
1941 Ford Super De Luxe Coupe
1942 Ford Super De Luxe Coupe
1942 Ford Super De Luxe Coupe
1946 Ford Convertible
1946 Ford Convertible
1946 Woody
1946 Ford Woody
1947 Ford Tudor Sedan
1947 Ford Tudor Sedan
1946-48-Ford Coupe - 1946 Ford on Weber Avenue. The 46 model had the fender trim above the bump, while the 47's and 48s had the trim below the fender bump.
1946-48-Ford Coupe
1946-48-Ford Convertible 1946-48-Ford Convertible
The Ford was totally redesigned in 1941, in preparing for an unpredictable timw encompassing World War II. The 1941 design was prematurely ended for the 1942 model year and was continued in 1946 and manufactured until the more advanced 1949 Fords were available. This car evolved considerably in its first year. The front fenders came in three pieces, the hypothesis being that small damages could easily repaired. Amid the year, it became two pieces with the lower front and back segments being joined. Hood risers changed, the early ones were the same as 1940 Fords, changing amid the year to the better later versions.

The two previous auto lines, Standard and De Luxe, had bloomed into three, the Special, De Luxe, and the Super De Luxe. The entry level 136 CID V8 was discontinued for a new 6 cylinder 226 CID L-head engine, the first six cylinder Ford since the 1906 Model K. The favorite 221 CID V8 stayed as the top-line motor and came standard in De Luxe models. Both motors were offered 90 hp

Ford Full Size - generation 7 (1949–1951)

De Luxe, Custom, Crestliner, Victoria
1949 Ford Fastback by Dan Palatnik
1949 Ford Fastback Concept
1949 Ford Custom
1949 Ford Custom
1949 Ford Sportsman
1949 Ford Sportsman
1950 Ford Custom Coupe
1950 Ford Custom Coupe
1950 Ford Crestliner
1950 Ford Crestliner
1951 Ford Custom Victoria (with 1950 trim)
1951 Ford Custom Victoria (with 1950 trim)
1951 Deluxe Ford Sedan
1951 Ford Deluxe Sedan
The 1949 Ford was the first all-new vehicle design announced by the Big Three after World War II. Non military production had been suspended amid the war, while the 1946-1948 models were updates of their pre-war models. Labeled the "Shoebox Ford" for its flat-sided, "ponton" outline, the 1949 model is credited both for saving Ford and introducing modern streamlined auto design with changes, like body integrated fenders and more . The design continued through the 1951 model year. In 1950 a new Crestliner "sports sedan"— a 2-door sedan featuring 2-tone paint created to fight Chevrolet's popular 1950 2 door hardtop. Another new name was Country Squire, which was a 2-door wood-sided station wagon. For the first time, the 1951 Fords offered an optional Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. Ford at long last addressed the Chevrolet Bel Air and Plymouth Belvedere with the 1951 Victoria hardtop, obtaining the term from the victoria carriage. The Victoria was an instant hit, outselling the Chevrolet by about 10%

Ford Full Size - generation 8 (1952–1954)

Ford Mainline, Ranch Wagon, Ford Customline, Country Sedan, Ford Crestline, Sunliner, Victoria, Country Squire, Ford Courier
1952 Ford Ford Crestline Victoria 2 Door Hardtop
1952 Ford Crestline Victoria 2 Door Hardtop
1953 Ford Ford Crestline Victoria 2 Door Hardtop
1953 Ford Ford Crestline Victoria 2 Door Hardtop
1954 Ford Mainline Tudor Sedan
1954 Ford Mainline Tudor Sedan
For 1952, Ford updated its cars with mild exterior updates; this generation is distinguished by the introduction of a single-piece windshield. The pedals were remounted from the floor to below the dashboard.

Ford Full Size - generation 9 (1955–1956)

Mainline, Customline, Fairlane, Crown Victoria Skyliner, Crown Victoria, Ranch Wagon, Country Sedan, Country Squire, Parklane, and Courier
1955 Ford Crestline 2 door hardtop
1955 Ford Crestline 2 door hardtop
1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria
1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria
In 1955, the Ford car lineup was given a mild update over the previous year, although several features made their first appearance in this generation. Air conditioning was now available as a factory-installed option. The Lifeguard option package, introduced in 1956, featured front and rear seat belts, a padded dashboard, and redesigned door latches.

Ford Full Size - generation 10 (1957–1959)

Custom, Fairlane, Crestline Skyliner, Ranchero, Galaxie, and Courier
1957 Ford Galaxie 500 Retractable Hardtop
1957 Ford Galaxie 500 Retractable Hardtop
1958 Ford Customn Sedan
1958 Ford Customn Sedan
1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner Convertible
1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner Convertible
For the first time since 1949, the 1957 Ford lineup was built on an all-new chassis; a new frame allowed for the use of lower-mounted bodies. As part of the convertible lineup, the Skyliner introduced a new feature: the retractable hardtop. The Ranchero, introduced in 1957, was the first coupe utility pickup sold in North America, predating the Chevrolet El Camino by two years. The Ranchero was developed from the Courier sedan delivery with the bodywork above the cargo area removed.

Ford Full Size - generation 11 (1960–1964)

Fairlane, Sunliner, Galaxie, Custom, and Courier
1960 Ford Starliner
1960 Ford Starliner
1961 Ford Galaxie
1961 Ford Galaxie
1962 Ford Galaxie 500 XL
1962 Ford Galaxie 500 XL
1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL
1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL
1964 Ford Galaxie 500
1964 Ford Galaxie 500
The standard full-sized Fords from 1960 to 1964 were complemented by an assortment of other Fords, which included the compact Falcon Thunderbird, and from 1962 the mid-sized Fairlane. The main Ford grew significantly now riding on a 119 in wheelbase. The motors were carried over from the 1959 Ford, similar to the fundamental chasis design, yet the sheet metal was present day. The Fairlane name would last just two years before becoming a mid-size model.

Ford Full Size - generation 12 (1965–1968)

Custom/Custom 500, Galaxie, Galaxie 500, Galaxie 500 LTD, Galaxie 500/500XL, XL, LTD, Ranch Wagon, Country Sedan, Country Squire
1965 Ford Galaxie 500 XL
1965 Ford Galaxie 500 XL
Red 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Police Car
Red 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Police Car
1966 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible
1966 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible
1967 Ford Galaxie XL
1967 Ford Galaxie XL
1968 Ford LTD
1968 Ford LTD
For the 1965 model year, the full-size Ford platform underwent a complete redesign. While sharing the 119-inch wheelbase of the previous generation, Ford redesigned the frame and suspension in an effort to upgrade ride and handling. The longitudinal rear leaf springs (used since 1949) were replaced by a three-link coil-sprung live rear axle, becoming the first full-size American car fitted with four-wheel coil springs.

Ford Full Size - generation 13 (1969–1978)

Custom/Custom 500, LTD, XL, Galaxie/Galaxie 500, Country Sedan, Country Squire
1969 Ford LTD
1969 Ford LTD
Red 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 Police car
Red 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 Police Car
Red 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 Police car
Red 1970 Ford Galaxie 500 Police Car
1970 Ford LTD
1970 Ford LTD
1971 Ford LTD Convertible
1971 Ford LTD Convertible
1972 Ford LTD Brougham
1972 Ford LTD Brougham
1973 Ford LTD Brougham
1973 Ford LTD Brougham
1974 Ford LTD Brougham
1974 Ford LTD Brougham
1975 Ford LTD Landau 2-door Pillared Hardtop
1975 Ford LTD Landau 2-door Pillared Hardtop
1976 Ford LTD
1976 Ford LTD
1977 Ford LTD
1977 Ford LTD
1978 Ford LTD
1978 Ford LTD
In 1969, full-size Fords were given another all-new platform. The vertically stacked headlamps seen on the previous generation were replaced by horizontally mounted units. Lincoln-style hidden headlamps distinguished LTDs and XLs from Galaxies and Customs. Similar to the Mercury Marauder, SportsRoof "fastback" versions of the Galaxie 500 and XL were sold for 1969 and 1970. LTD and Custom two-doors featured a formal hardtop roofline.

Ford Full Size - generation 14 (1979–2011)

LTD, Custom 500, LTD Crown Victoria, Country Squire, Crown Victoria, Police Interceptor
1979 Ford LTD
1979 Ford LTD
1980 Ford LTD
1980 Ford LTD
1985 Ford LTD Crown Victoria
1985 Ford LTD Crown Victoria
1990 Ford Crown Victoria
1990 Ford Crown Victoria
1995 Ford Crown Victoria
1995 Ford Crown Victoria
1997 Ford Crown Victoria
1997 Ford Crown Victoria
2000 Ford Crown Victoria
2000 Ford Crown Victoria
2009 Ford Crown Victoria
2009 Ford Crown Victoria
2010 Ford Crown Victoria
2010 Ford Crown Victoria
2011 Ford Crown Victoria
2011 Ford Crown Victoria
Necessitated by federal fuel economy standards, the full-size Ford lineup underwent downsizing for the 1979 model year. The full-size Fords were redesigned on an all-new platform. Losing fifteen inches of length and 800 pounds of weight, Ford's full-size car now had smaller exterior dimensions than the mid-size LTD II. In spite of the smaller size, interior dimensions and trunk space increased over its 1978 predecessor.

Ford Taurus (1986–2019)

1986 Ford Taurus
1986 Ford Taurus
1987 Ford Taurus
1987 Ford Taurus
1990 Ford Taurus SHO
1990 Ford Taurus SHO
1992 Ford Taurus SHO
1992 Ford Taurus SHO
1998 Ford Taurus SHO
1998 Ford Taurus SHO
2000 Ford Taurus
2000 Ford Taurus
2006 Ford Taurus SE
2006 Ford Taurus SE
2010 Ford Taurus SHO
2010 Ford Taurus SHO
2013 Ford Taurus SEL
2013 Ford Taurus SEL
2014 Ford Taurus SEL
2014 Ford Taurus SEL
2015 Ford Taurus
2015 Ford Taurus
2016 Ford Taurus
2016 Ford Taurus
2017 Ford Taurus
2017 Ford Taurus
2018 Ford Taurus
2018 Ford Taurus
2019 Ford Taurus
2019 Ford Taurus
The Ford Taurus was manufactured by Ford in the United States from the 1986 to 2019 model years; it is currently manufactured by the Changan Ford joint venture in China since the 2016 model year. Introduced in late 1985 for the 1986 model year, six generations were produced over 34 years; a brief hiatus was undertaken through 2006 to 2007. From the 1986 to 2009 model years, the Taurus was sold alongside its near-twin, the Mercury Sable; four generations of the high-performance Ford Taurus SHO were produced (1989–1999; 2010–2019). The Taurus also served as the basis for the first-ever front-wheel drive Lincoln Continental (1988–2002).

Ford Full Size- generation 15 (2005–present)

Five Hundred, Freestyle/Taurus X, Police Interceptor Sedan, Taurus, Taurus SHO
2005 Ford Five Hundred
2005 Ford Five Hundred
2006 Ford Five Hundred
2006 Ford Five Hundred
2007 Ford Five Hundred SEL
2007 Ford Five Hundred SEL
For the 2005 model year, Ford announced its first all-new full-size auto in 26 years. To a great extent proposed to assume control over Crown Victoria role in the consumer market, the Ford Five Hundred was likewise created as the larger of the two autos slated to succeed the Ford Taurus. While the Ford Freestyle marketed as a crossover SUV based upon the Five Hundred was the first genuine successor to the Country Squire station wagon, denoting the first time since 1991 that Ford created full-size vehicles in numerous body styles.

Utilizing the Volvo created D3 platform, the new models denoted various significant changes to the full-size Ford line. Rather than body on frame with rear wheel drive, uni-body plan with front-wheel drive was used; all-wheel drive was also available. A first since the 1931 Model A, a V8 was not available, succeeded by a V6 (a first for the full-size line). For all-wheel drive models, the automatic transmission was replaced by a CVT. A first since 1970, the line was restricted to Ford and Mercury, with just Ford being able to sell the crossover SUV/wagon.

For the 2008 model year, referring to more noteworthy brand acknowledgment, Ford integrated the Five Hundred and Freestyle into a solitary Taurus line, with the Freestyle turning into the Taurus X. In 2009, the Flex was presented, generally becoming a trade for the Taurus X.

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