- 1901: Henry Ford built and raced (10 Oct.)
his Sweepstakes car v. Alexander Winton.
- 1903: Ford begins. Model A Ford produced.
- 1908: Model T Ford introduced, initially built
at the Piquette Road Manufacturing Plant. A 2-door roadster cost $825.
Assembly line production was developed over the next 5 years.
- 1911: Ford assembly in the UK, at Trafford Park, Manchester.
- 1913: Ford introduced the moving assembly line.
- 1922: Ford bought the Lincoln Motor Company from
Henry Leland on 4 February.
- 1925, .au: Ford Motor Company of Australia formed and started
assembling Model Ts (see 2016 below).
- 1927: "The formal end of Model T production."
- 1929: Production started at a new UK factory, Dagenham.
- 1934, .au: "The world's first coupe utility, model 40,
designed and built by Ford Australia." -- abc.
- WWII: Ford produced Jeeps.
- 1945: Fordson Major tractor begins production at Dagenham.
- 1948: Introduction of the F-Series (F-1 to F-8)
"bonus built" trucks.
- 1953: First F-100 pickup truck (replaces the F-1).
- 1954: Ford Thunderbird production began in September.
- 1960, June 28: The first, XK, Falcon was
produced at Broadmeadows, .au --
2359cc ohv straight-6, 67kW, 187Nm,
3-speed manual or 2-speed auto..
- 1962, October: The Ford Cortina was launched,
2-door, from £639.
The Cortina Mk 2 followed in 1966.
- 1964: The Ford Mustang began production in March,
priced at us$2,368.
It made an appearance in the movie Goldfinger but
not as Bond's
drive which was a DB5.
- 1965: The Ford Transit Van was launched in the UK and Europe;
eventually the typical Transit driver became colloquially known
as "white van man."
- 1965: Jim Clark won the Indianapolis 500
in a Lotus-Ford.
- 1966-1969: Ford GT40s won the Le Mans 24-hour race
4 years in a row.
- 1972, .au: "The Australian designed Falcon XA was introduced"
- 1975: First Ford F-150 pickup truck (ute).
- 1986: A replacement for the mk-1 Transit van.
- 1987: Ford bought 75%
of Aston Martin,
and 100% in 1994.
- 1990: Ford bought Jaguar.
- 1999: Ford bought
car-making division (but not the trucks).
- 2000: The mk-3 Transit van range offered front-wheel drive
in the smaller models.
Ford bought LandRover from BMW.
LR joined Aston Martin, Jaguar, Lincoln and Volvo in
Ford's Prestige Automotive Group.
- 2001: Ford F250 and F350 trucks back on sale in .au.
- 2002, Feb. 28:
The Ford R7 4×4 concept or, it was said, prototype
of a possible passenger car of the near future
at the Melbourne International Motor Show.
Feb 2002, Ford R7 4×4 concept
- The R7 featured independent suspension front and rear.
The car looks very large but is shorter than the current Ford Falcon.
- 2002 July:
The updated 'BA' (Barra) Ford Falcon (4×2)
soon to replace the unloved 'AU'.
- 2003 February:
Ford had one of its 15 prototype Territory (was R7) all wheel drives
at the Melbourne Motor Show.
Feb 2003, Ford Territory 4×4 prototype
July 2003, Fraser Island
- 2004: On sale as
6-cyl. 4×4 and 4×2 versions.
- 2007, March:
Needing to raise cash, Ford sold
to an investment group for £475m (apart from a £40m holding).
David Richards, head of Prodrive, became the new chairman of Aston Martin.
- 2007: Jaguar and
LandRover also put up for sale.
2008 February 17 (.au):
FG series Ford Falcon sedan and ute revealed.
Petrol 4-litre I6, or 5.4-litre V8 engines.
(On sale May 2008, from au$36.5K.)
2008, March 26: Ford agreed to sell
Land Rover and
Motors of India for us$2.3billion.
The deal was completed on 2 June 2008.
2010 March 28:
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd (.cn) signed to buy
from Ford for us$1.8billion.
The deal was completed by 2 August 2010.
2010: Ford ends production of the Mercury marque,
in late 2010, in favour of Lincoln (announced 2 June 2010).
2013, May 23:
Ford announced that it would stop building cars in Australia in 2016.
2016 October 7:
Ford Australia shut its Broadmeadows and Geelong factories (see 1925 above).