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The History of Ford

Ford is perhaps the most iconic automaker of all time. Not only did the brand’s assembly line revolutionize manufacturing across the board, but the Model T was also one of the central reasons automobiles became a primary mode of transportation in the US. Today, Ford is developing some of the most advanced, stylish, and high-performance models on the market. Read on to learn more about the history of this great company.


Ford was founded in 1903 by Henry Ford. Henry had built his first motorized machines as early as 1896, including the quadricycle, though the first brand-name car was the Ford Model A. Along with the Model K and Model S, the Model A earned the Ford company a reputation for high-quality vehicles, but the average American still couldn’t afford to buy a car. Enter: the 1908 Ford Model T. This premium mass-produced model quickly became a legend, making the auto industry viable thanks to a massive influx of American-built cars.

Interwar Period

The Ford Company happily supplied the military with vehicles during the First World War, including a number of ambulances. After the war, the company expanded into the luxury market by acquiring Lincoln, which in turn spawned the Mercury sub-brand. The Great Depression set the company back considerably, though the Second World War brought an influx of jobs and demand. Revived due to the war effort, Ford supplied essential equipment for the Allies.

‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s

In 1964, the iconic Ford Mustang was born, which launched the “pony car” class in the US. The GT40 received fame for its performance at the international Le Mans race in the 1960s as well. Retractable seatbelts were introduced in 1972, while the first version of the Fiesta appeared in 1976 in Europe. In the 1980s the Ford Tempo was introduced, as well as the Taurus. The company also acquired Aston Martin and Jaguar during this time.

‘90s to Present

Since the 1990s, the company has established itself as a high-quality, affordable, and trustworthy brand. The Explorer revolutionized the SUV class in 1991, while the Crown Victoria became the signature police vehicle at this time as well. By the 2000s, the company had introduced a number of crossovers, compact cars, and even began working on hybrid designs. Today, Ford continues to offer premium vehicles at excellent prices. Test drive your next Ford today at Cambridge Classic Ford!

Ford F-150 History

The Ford F-150, not only is it the best-selling model in the Ford lineup, but it is the best-selling vehicle in the United States. And, it has held this title for over 30 years and has been the best-selling pickup truck for over 40 years.

The F-150’s history dates to 1948 when Ford introduced its new F-Series lineup. At the time, this included the F-1 (half ton), F-2 (three-quarter to), and F-3 (Heavy Duty) models. When compared to Ford’s previous trucks, these models came with modern features like integrated headlights, a one-piece windshield, and larger cabs.

In the 1950s, these trucks got sleeker styling and were now named the F-100, F-250, and F-350. Options like a dome light, armrests, sun visors, and a cigar lighter were now available with the “Driverized Cab” package. By the end of the decade, Ford had introduced a new Styleside model with smooth sides as opposed to the Flareside model with separate rear fenders.

With the 1960s, the F-Series lineup got a complete redesign. More powerful engines arrived along with smoother styling, more trim levels, and greater ride comfort.

It wasn’t until 1975 that we finally got the F-150 name. It was meant to fill the power gap between the F-100 and F-250. In 1975 alone, more than one-third of all F-Series sales were for the new F-150.

Into the 1980s, the F-Series lineup got an evolutionary, aerodynamic design with a clean-looking grille, rearward-slanting hood, and larger cabins. In 1982, the large “FORD” letters that had been in place on the grille were replaced with the blue oval Ford logo. 1983 was the last year Ford produced the smaller F-100.

Moving into the modern truck era, Ford continues to update the F-Series lineup to be more powerful, smarter, and more efficient than before.

Come see where the Ford F-150 is today with a test drive at Cambridge Classic Ford.
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