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September 7, 1954 – Ford Thunderbird production begins
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September 7, 1954 – Ford Thunderbird production begins

Ford's answer to the Corvette, the Thunderbird, began rolling down the assembly line on this day in 1954 for the 1955 model year. The first complete car would leave the factory two days later. While designed to compete with Chevrolet's sports car, Ford marketed the Thunderbird as a personal luxury vehicle. The Blue Oval emphasized its new car's comfort and convenience, letting shoppers discover its sportiness during the test drive. The plan worked. T-Bird sales rose above Corvette some 17 to 1 in 1955. Though successful, executives believed expanding the two-seat T-Bird would also expand sales. They weren't wrong. Above: 1965 Ford Thunderbird By F.G.Bendiks. Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0. Top: First generation Ford Thunderbird by nakhon100 CC BY 2.0 Though the two-seater found continue...
September 5, 1930 – A backwards trip comes to an end
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September 5, 1930 – A backwards trip comes to an end

The names Charles Creighton and James Hargis probably doesn’t ring any bells, but they may put a kink in your neck. These two completed a New York to Los Angeles -- and back journey -- in a Ford Model A on this day in 1930. Oh, and they did it all in reverse gear. The nearly 7,200 mile journey across unpaved roads took 42 days, but if doing it backwards wasn't strange enough they never once turned off the Ford. This includes during a 48 hour rest in Los Angeles! Who is ready for a road trip?
August 10, 1978 – 3 teenage girls die in fiery Ford Pinto crash
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August 10, 1978 – 3 teenage girls die in fiery Ford Pinto crash

The Ford Pinto hit the market in response to highly economical imports from Japan and Europe. The subcompact sat on an all new platform, but featured a drivetrain for the Euro-spec Ford Escort. While the car sold well, it hardly drew attention from reporters when released for 1971. In the years that followed, a controversy would erupt. The issue with the car stemmed from the placement of the gas tank in the Pinto, which sat outside the frame. By 1974, rumors of fiery accidents related to the tank began to swirl inside and outside of Ford. Things really blew up in Ford's face when on of the most devastating accidents related to the Pinto occurred on this day in 1978. Sisters Lyn (16) and Judy Ulrich (18), and their cousin Donna Ulrich (18), were on the side of U.S. 33 in Indiana...
Gas Monkey Galaxie – Running 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 (really cheap!)
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Gas Monkey Galaxie – Running 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 (really cheap!)

Ole Richard Rawlings is passing on a stalled restoration project that could be a great score for someone looking for a little muscle to add to their collection. Offered directly by Gas Monkey Garage on Craigslist in Dallas for just $3,950, this running and driving 1967 Ford Galaxie appears to be a screaming deal. At least on the surface. Sure, it ain't perfect, but pop the hood and you'll find a 289 V8 that's connected to a four speed manual transmission. Uh, hello! Time to burn some rubber! Right? Not quite. This car will need a thorough inspection and a solid once over before anyone tries tearing up the streets. Of course, that could just be liability speaking. Let's take a closer look. Ford Galaxie Exterior At first glance, this blue and white Blue Oval looks pretty tired...
Rusty & Fast – 1951 Ford Hot Rod (Cheap!)
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Rusty & Fast – 1951 Ford Hot Rod (Cheap!)

They say all the good deals are gone. Who are they, anyway? Who cares, because you just came across a wicked ratty runner just begging for burnouts, and it's very fairly priced. This 1951 Ford for sale is rusty, dirty and friggin' awesome. It's nice to find an old hot rod project car on Craigslist that isn't absurd in the dollars column. You can bring home this one for just $6,000 if you make the trek to Wichita Falls, Texas. At the time of writing, the ad is only six hours old. Grab your bank roll and hit the road already! Yee-Haw. This 1951 Ford Victoria is a two door coupe that someone built into a real head turner and then parked out in the field for awhile. At some point in time a 351 Windsor V8 got stuffed under the hood. The seller states it runs great and will smoke the tir...
July 3, 1945 – The first postwar cars
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July 3, 1945 – The first postwar cars

Ford got a jump on postwar production by, well, not waiting until the war was actually over. On this day in 1945, Ford began production of 1946 model year cars, more than a month before World War II would actually come to an end on the Pacific Front. Ford was the first major American automaker to begin manufacturing personal vehicles since the outbreak of war led to all automakers transitioning into the production of military goods. Above: a 1946 FordTop: Harry Truman's 1946 Ford Super DeLuxe Tudor sedan was the 1st car to roll off the famous Ford assembly line when production resumed after World War II. It was Henry Ford II that pushed for production to begin as early as it did. It’s curious to note that the first new Ford, a white 1946 Super DeLuxe Tudor sedan, went to Preside...
July 1, 2005 – The final Ford Thunderbird
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July 1, 2005 – The final Ford Thunderbird

On this day in 2005 the last Ford Thunderbird rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Wixom, Michigan plant. The Thunderbird was developed in the years following World War II as a competitor to the Chevrolet Corvette, though billed as a personal luxury vehicle. When it hit the market for 1955 it outsold the Corvette 16,000 units to just 700. Above: First generation Ford ThunderbirdTop: Last generation Ford Thunderbird In the decades that followed, the Thunderbird would go through numerous changes, including growing from two seats to four in 1958. In an attempt to capitalize on buyers’ nostalgia, Ford released a retro Thunderbird in 2002 to much fanfare. Despite promising initial sales of the old school T-Bird, the success eventually waned, leading to the car being discontinued. ...
June 19, 1966 -Ford goes 1, 2, 3 at Le Mans
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June 19, 1966 -Ford goes 1, 2, 3 at Le Mans

When the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans came to an end on this day in 1966 it was a Ford GT40 in first, second and third place, marking the first time an American automobile won the race. With the three Mk. II Fords so far out in front of the rest of the field during the last pit stop, Henry Ford II decided to stage a publicity photo at the finish line, having all three cross nearly simultaneously. The leading #1 car driven by Ken Miles and Denny Hulme crossed the finish line next to the #2 car driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, with the #5 GT40 trailing shortly behind. The #1 and #2 cars had both completed 360 laps but the #2 car started farther back, meaning even though they tied, the #2 car covered more ground anad therefore received the the first place trophy. Ken Miles, who wa...
June 16, 1903 –  The paperwork to incorporate Ford Motor Company is signed
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June 16, 1903 – The paperwork to incorporate Ford Motor Company is signed

Henry Ford driving a 1903 Model A. At approximately 9:30 am on this day in 1903, in Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford and 12 investors met to sign the paperwork to form Ford Motor Company. The documents were notarized and sent to the office of the Michigan Secretary of State for incorporation. The papers, dated June 16, 1903, did not reach the office until the next day. On June 17, 1903 Ford became a legal company. Within a month, the company had its first order for the company's new Model A. It had a two-cylinder engine that pumped out 8 horsepower and could hit speeds of up to 30 mph. Ford Motor Company soon earned a reputation for affordable, reliable, and mass produced automobiles that effectively changed the United States and many other parts of the world throughout the early 20th ...
June 4, 1896 – Henry Ford drives the Quadricycle for the first time
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June 4, 1896 – Henry Ford drives the Quadricycle for the first time

On this day in 1896 Henry Ford test drove his first automobile, the Quadricycle, for the first time. He rolled the two cylinder, four horsepower buggy that sat on four bicycle tires out of his workshop after more than two years of experimentation and building. In his first tests he achieved speeds of more than 20 miles per hour during his initial test drives. The Quadricycle featured a 2 speed transmission, without reverse, a chain driven, an ethanol powered engine, and no brakes. Ford sold his first Quadricycle for $200 to Charles Ainsley. He later built two more, one in 1899, and another in 1901. He bought his first one back for $60 and it now resides at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. That is the car that truly started it all for Ford.

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