Henry Ford was born in 1863
The Model T is generally regarded as the world's first affordable car
Henry Ford's assembly line reduced production times by a factor of eight
The Ford Model AA truck was launched in 1927
Trafford Park was the site of Model T production in the UK
Fords have travelled wide and far, early models' durability proving essential on long expeditions or in poor conditions
The Model A was launched in 1927 and had a 3.3-litre four-cylinder engine
Production of the Consul began in 1951; originally it cost £543.81
The Anglia Super featured a 1198cc Ford Kent engine
The Zephyr was introduced in 1951; it cost £607.70 when launched
Ford's Thunderbird was unveiled at the Detroit motor show in 1954
The GT40 was designed and built to take on Ferrari at Le Mans
The Lola Mk.6 GT was one of many race cars that made use of Ford's V8 engines
In the 1966 Le Mans 24 hours, 7-litre Mk II Ford GT40s finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd
The Lotus Cortina is now a rare and valuable commodity
The Mk1 Escort was launched in January 1968. Over 611,000 two-door versions were made
The Ford Capri is a popular classic model these days, thanks to its coupe styling and rear-drive layout
The Ford Bronco, launched in 1966 and then revised and updated until 1996, was originally Ford's answer to the Jeep CJ
Ford has a long motorsport history...
... but many in the UK remember it specifically for its success in rallying
Production of the Mk2 Escort began in 1974; it wasn't long before high-performance versions like this RS2000 were introduced
The Escort XR3 competed with the Volkswagen Golf GTI in the 1980s
The Ford RS200 was launched in 1984
Ford is prominent in NASCAR in the US; it also campaigns in rallying, touring cars and drag racing
Modern iterations of the Ford Mustang aim to continue the success and popularity of the original model
Ford's Crown Victoria earned itself a place in history with its mass adoption as a taxi cab, government vehicle and squad car
The Ford Escort RS Cosworth featured a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and became infamous for its excessive insurance costs
The Ford Evos was a plug-in hybrid concept that showed off Ford's future design direction
The Ford Fiesta is regularly Britain's best-selling car
Earlier versions of the Fiesta are still popular today, although they're an increasingly rare sight
The Ford Ka proved successful with younger drivers and those seeking a small car
Ford's Focus RS channeled more than 200bhp through its front wheels
The RS500 was an even more extreme Focus; it packed 345bhp
The most recent Ford Focus ST is available as a hatchback or an estate, and it uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine
Ford's F-150 was claimed to the best-selling vehicle in the US for 24 years
The first Ford Mustang was introduced in 1964
This is the Ford Mustang Cobra race car
Performance cars are an important part of Ford's history
The Sierra Cosworth proved tuneable and popular on the road, track and rally stage
It's even easier to recognise a GT40 when it's in the classic Gulf livery
Many replicas and recreations of the GT40 have been built since
The First GT40 had a 4.2-litre (260ci) V8 engine from a Fairlane
The GT90 concept was a quad-turbocharged V12 supercar; it was the first car to show off Ford's 'New Edge' design style
Ford Falcons regularly did battle with much smaller competitors in touring car races
Fords have seen service as government, police and official vehicles worldwide
The Ford Mondeo established itself as a popular family car
Some generations of the Mustang were received better than others...
... and most fans lust after the first-generations Mustangs
Modern Fords, like the Mondeo, are a popular choice among company car drivers
Ford's Transit became 'the backbone of Britain'
The entry-level Formula Ford has helped many a racing driver start their career; this is the new EcoBoost version
This week marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford, a man whose ideas brought mobility to the masses.
His introduction of the car to the mass market helped transform quiet agricultural areas into busy, vibrant industrial and urban markets.
It wasn't only his vehicles that proved innovative, however. He perfected the first moving assembly line for cars, reducing the production time of a Model T from 12.5 man-hours to 1.5 man-hours in 18 months.
He doubled his workers' pay in 1914 too, from $2.34 a day to $5, while reducing hours, to cut down on high turnover rates among staff.
The principle of 'vertical integration' was also employed by Ford, whereby he sought to own, operate and coordinate all of the equipment, processes and materials required to produce complete vehicles.
Since then, the company has gone on to produce myriad important and successful models, including the Mustang, Model T, F150 and he more familiar GT40, Escort, Sierra, Granada, Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo, while concepts like the Evos show what Ford's future might look like.
“What my great-grandfather established, especially his legacy of innovation, continues to inspire our commitment to a strong business, great products and a better world,” commented Ford's chairman and great grandson of Henry, Bill Ford.
“We are putting unexpected levels of technology within reach of millions of people, accelerating the development of new products that customers want and value, and driving growth by creating jobs.”
Henry Ford passed away on April 7th, 1947, at the age of 83. “My great-grandfather’s vision was to improve people’s lives by making cars affordable for the average family,” said Bill Ford.
“His vision to build cars that are reasonably priced, reliable and efficient still resonates and defines our vision today.”
Celebrations at the Ford Motor Company's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, will continue throughout the year to commemorate the man.
Click through the pictures above to browse some of the company's automotive highlights From Europe and north America.