The 100,000,000th Ford Car Ever

It is one of the biggest car manufacturers based in America. Even from childhood, we know the Ford name, recognize the badging, and maybe even dream of owning one of its cars. In fact, the Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in America, but it doesn’t just have popularity on its side. The Ford Motor Company was founded almost 120 years ago, and it’s been making vehicles and automotive history ever since.

The late 1970s

There are a lot of key moments in any major car manufacturer’s history. The story behind how the brand got its start, the first vehicle that became the face of the brand, and for Ford, producing their 100,000,000 vehicle. As consumers, we don’t always stop and think about how many cars each manufacturer produces every year. We know it must be plenty because each year, we see newer, better models hitting the roads to join older model years.

Current owner George Thomas prepares his 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible that was once owned by Frank Sinatra for display at the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction | Mike Fiala

On this day in history

It was this day, in fact, in 1977, that Ford Motor Company built its official 100,000,000th car. Produced at the factory in Mahwah, New Jersey, was a keystone car for the American manufacturer. It wasn’t their popular F-150 or a Mustang, either, but rather a 1978 Ford Fairmont Futura. It was never sold to the public, rather, commemorated and preserved to mark the occasion.

Men loading hay into the back of the back of an old pickup truck.
Ford Model T pickup truck | Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

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Ford in the modern automotive world

After almost 120 years, Ford is still a top competitor in the automotive market. With a healthy array of options, you can enjoy the practicality of an F-150 pickup truck, the muscle power of a Mustang, or the exotic feeling of a GT. For such a diverse company, the company has managed to produce affordable vehicles that withstand the test of time — and if you don’t believe me, check out just how many used ones are still running today, some with 200,000 or more miles.

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is one of the brand's most iconic muscle cars.
Ford Mustang Mach 1 | Ford

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While it was many years ago that Ford produced their 100,000,000th car, it goes to show just how much heritage the company has. While it’s hard to imagine what it was like for the company over 100 years ago when it was first established, we know the founder, Henry Ford, would be proud of what the company is today.