When I was studying art history, some of the works I liked best were the ones never really meant to be seen — rough sketches from artists done in early planning stages of larger works, done to get a rough idea of feel or composition. That’s the context I like to view Henry Ford’s first car — a rough sketch. What…
The term “patent troll” wasn’t coined until the late 20th century, used to describe someone who filed a patent in order not to manufacture products, but to collect licensing fees. But more than 100 years ago, a patent attorney was a proto-patent troll, exploiting the system to profit off of the burgeoning auto…
Henry Ford remains, to this day, one of the most controversial figures in automotive history. An inventor, an industrialist, a racist, a patriot, a philanthropist, he was them all. One of his creations, more than any other, embodies all of those notions at once. It was the Ford Sociological Department.
Spaceships, flying cars, and rocket boosters: these are the craziest designers in the history of the auto industry.
The murky legacy of Henry Ford—who would’ve been 150 today—centers around a few familiar ideas like the assembly line and the $5 workday. Less familiar is Ford’s biggest failure: Fordlandia, a city in the rainforest that was abandoned as quickly as it was built.
Today is Henry Ford's 150th birthday. This is a man who revolutionized the car business. In honor of him, let's see your favorite Fords.
The fact that the Volkswagen Beetle was the idea of Adolf Hitler and designed by the same guy who came up with a bunch of Nazi tanks didn't make the car too popular in post-war Britain. In fact, they gave it "two to three years at most" in the early '40s.
Porsche announced last year that their new North American headquarters would be built in Atlanta, on the site where a Ford Taurus assembly plant used to reside, cranking out Taurii. Though not much has happened so far, the situation is changing, as reported to us by reader Jim Mitchell. It looks like along with some…
Henry Ford won a punchbowl in 1901 after winning his first auto race at the Detroit Driving Club in Grosse Pointe, MI. (It was a simpler time, prize-wise.) That bowl was auctioned off during the 1950s. Now, Ford wants it back, and you may have it.
Welcome to Found Off The Street, our look at cars found on the cape that rust liked so much it decided to summer there; Cape Cod, MA. Today we have a 1946 Ford Panel Truck.
79 years ago this past week, Henry Ford unveiled the flathead V8 in a move that would change automotive history. The hype and legend of the 65 horsepower engine keeps the '32 Ford one of the most popular vintage hot rod platforms almost 8 decades later. Keeping in mind the fact a great engine can make an ordinary car…
Generations of Detroiters used to park themselves under the jaw-dropping ornate plasterwork and opulence of a downtown movie palace called the Michigan Theater. Today, it's where they park their cars. Ironic, considering it was built atop Henry Ford's first workshop.
In September 1931, The New York Times asked Henry Ford and several other public figures to look eight decades in the future and predict what life would be like in the year 2011. Forgotten until now, here's what Ford forecast.
Workers at The Henry Ford pulled out a replica of Henry Ford's 1901 racer and took it 'round a course laid out for the Power Wheels Racing series today at Maker Faire. But can it beat the pink Barbie car?
Notorious gangster John Dillinger's thank you letter to Henry Ford for making a great getaway car's widely considered to be a hoax. It isn't, but Ford covered up the real letter, likely parading a forgery for decades.
Disclaimer: Half of Jalopnik's staff is Jewish, and we shvitzed our pants when we saw this a few years back. Aw, Hank — we love you, too. L'chayim! [Cracked.com]