Ford slowly sped up the car production line until workers couldn’t cope. Unions were formed with the agreement that production line speeds couldn’t be altered unless agreed upon.
The Dodge Brothers sued Henry Ford in 1919 on the grounds that a company should act in the interests of its shareholders and not for the good of society, its customers or its employees.
Henry Ford tried to build an American industrialist utopia in the Brazilian jungle, “Fordlandia”, to secure a source of cultivated rubber for his cars.
From 1969 to 1977, Ford Motor Company produced the Pinto with full knowledge of a design flaw that frequently caused the fuel tank to catch fire during rear collisions, which would have cost $11 per vehicle to fix. The tag line in radio ads was, “Pinto leaves you with that warm feeling.”
Carroll Shelby supposedly placed a $100 bill in the glovebox of a Shelby Cobra 427 – if you could reach forward and grab it under acceleration, you could keep it.
Ford Model T is often mentioned as a modern marvel. The car that not only made motorized vehicles affordable, it also revolutionized manufacturing via Henry Ford’s assembly line innovations.
That doesn’t mean it was perfect, though. Take this quirky limitation for example. If you had a Ford Model T and you wanted to drive it through a steep hill, the car would just stop working. This was because the car relied on gravity to feed the fuel carburetor instead of a fuel pump.
When you drove through a steep hill, the fuel would not be able to reach the carburetor and it would be as if the car was out of gas. The solution for this was to climb these steep hills in reverse.
One of the first flying cars was a Ford Pinto, which killed its inventor when the wings came off mid flight.
Clyde Barrow (Bonnie and Clyde) once wrote a letter to Henry Ford, thanking him for the reliability and performance of his V-8 automobiles.
In 1924 a new Ford cost $265.