Mr and Mrs Henry Ford in his first car. Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent the automobile, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford to buy.
"Henry Ford posing with his first car (the 1896 quadricycle) and the 10 millionth Model T Ford. This photograph was taken during the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company." On September 27, 1908, the first Model T automobile was produced. This engineering achievement was due to the vision, ingenuity and risk-taking of Henry Ford. His innovation of assembly line production would make the automobile affordable to the average person.
1896 Duryea. First production vehicle in America. Built by brothers Charles and J. Frank Duryea. The Duryea Motor Wagon Company hand-assembled 13 identical motor vehicles. Of the 13 automobiles, this is the only known survivor. (Henry Ford Museum).