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Model Ts stand ready for delivery in 1925. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption
April 18, 1993 : Ford begins production of the Flexible-Fuel Vehicle (FFV) Taurus. FFVs can burn gasoline, ethanol or mixtures of the two. Despite the fact that there are an estimated 5 million FFVs, there are only about 500 ethanol fuel stations in the country. According to the law, if automakers produce FFVs, they can also produce more of other cars that consume more gas.
The company’s first international sales branch opened in Paris in 1908. By mid-1914 there were more than 500,000 Model Ts on the roads of the world; by 1923 the company was producing more than half of America’s automobiles; and, by the end of the 1920s, Ford had more than 20 overseas assembly plants in Europe, Latin America, Canada, Asia, South Africa, and Australia. The Ford had become the world’s most familiar make of car. In 1927 the last Model T and the first new Model A were produced, followed in 1932 by the first Ford V-8. In 1922 Ford had acquired the Lincoln Motor Company (founded 1917), which would produce Ford’s luxury Lincolns and Continentals. In 1938 Ford introduced the first Mercury, a car in the medium-priced range.
Henry Ford built his first experimental car in a workshop behind his home in Detroit in 1896. After formation of the Ford Motor Company, the first Ford car was assembled at the Mack Avenue plant in July 1903. Five years later, in 1908, the highly successful Model T was introduced. Demand for this car was so great that Ford developed new mass production methods in order to manufacture it in sufficient quantities. In 1911 he established the industry’s first U.S. branch assembly plant (in Kansas City, Missouri) and opened the company’s first overseas production plant (in Manchester, England); in 1913 he introduced the world’s first moving assembly line for cars; and in 1914, to further improve labour productivity, he introduced the $5 daily wage for an eight-hour day (replacing $2.34 for a nine-hour day).
As a result of looking to develop alternative fuels that are more environmentally friendly, Ford sells the first taxicabs that run on natural gas instead of gasoline to taxi companies in New York City.
The Ford Mustang turns 50! In a bizarre and ironic twist, the Mustang purchases a convertible human!
The Treasury Department investigated Ford for alleged collaboration with German-run Ford plants in occupied France, but did not find conclusive evidence. After the war, Schmidt and other Nazi-era managers kept their jobs with Ford’s German division.  In the United Kingdom, Ford built a new factory in Trafford Park, Manchester during WWII where over 34,000 Rolls-Royce Merlin aero engines were completed by a workforce trained from scratch. [ citation needed ]
This led to Detroit’s Unemployed Council organizing the Ford Hunger March. On March 7, 1932 some 3,000 – 5,000 unemployed workers assembled in West Detroit to march on Ford’s River Rouge plant to deliver a petition demanding more support. As the march moved up Miller Road and approached Gate 3 the protest turned ugly. The police fired tear gas into the crowd and fire trucks were used to soak the protesters with icy water. When the protesters responded by throwing rocks, the violence escalated rapidly and culminated in the police and plant security guards firing live rounds through the gates of the plant at the unarmed protesters. Four men were killed outright and a fifth died later in the hospital. Up to 60 more were seriously injured. 
Before Henry Ford founded the company in 1903, he built his first experimental car in a workshop behind his Detroit home in 1896. It was a Quadricycle built with four bicycle wheels, used a tiller as a steering wheel, and the gearbox only had two forward gears with no reverse. It wasn’t until 1903 that the Ford Motor Company became incorporated. A year later, the company was officially founded and Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, took over as president in 1919. From there, the Ford Motor Company acquired the Lincoln Motor Company in 1922 and produced the first model TT truck in 1927.
The Ford Motor Company hit numerous milestones in the new millennium. In 2003, Ford celebrated its 100 year anniversary as a company and offered limited edition centennial editions of some of its vehicles. Six years later, Ford created another automotive innovation with the first EcoBoost engine, delivering better performance and fuel economy than most engines on the market. In 2014 and 2016, Ford celebrated two significant 50th anniversaries; the first one is the anniversary of the original Ford Mustang while the other is the anniversary of Ford’s historic victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans racing competition. For the latter, Ford re-entered the competition in 2016 with their latest iteration of the Ford GT, taking first place in the race once more.