European Automotive Hall of Fame

5 LEGENDS ENTER THE HALL OF FAME

Henry Ford
Henry Ford, who made it possible for the average person to own a car, realized very early that his Model T would appeal to more than just Americans. In 1911, he opened a factory in Manchester, England, that began making Model Ts. He soon established Ford as one of Europe’s great automakers.

Andre MichelinEdouard Michelin
The roots of Michelin go back to 1832. But by 1886 the company was in decline. That's when 33-year-old Andre Michelin took over the firm. Joined by his younger brother Edouard, they built an empire.

Otto
Nicolaus Otto had dreamed about building a gasoline engine since 1860. After years of struggle, in 1876, he became the first person to build a practical high-compression, four-stroke engine with ignition device.

Pininfarina
Battista "Pinin" Farina's enthusiasm for American entrepreneurialism -- as demonstrated by Henry Ford and others -- inspired him to start his own company, Carrozzeria Pinin Farina. It became the best known and most successful and influential design house ever.