100 Years Ago, This Man Was The Original Patent Troll

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… » 5/06/15 2:15pm 5/06/15 2:15pm

When Henry Ford's Benevolent Secret Police Ruled His Workers

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. » 3/23/14 1:35pm 3/23/14 1:35pm

On Henry Ford's 150th Birthday, a Look Inside His Failed Utopia

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. » 7/30/13 3:31pm 7/30/13 3:31pm

Porsche Wants To Change Street Named For Henry Ford II To 'Ferdinand Porsche Avenue'

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… » 10/09/12 10:30am 10/09/12 10:30am

What is your favorite production car engine?

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… » 4/02/11 4:00pm 4/02/11 4:00pm