Take your pick. What is the most significant story in Ford Motor Co.'s first 100 years? The moving assembly line? The $5 day? The Model T?
Or maybe your fancies turn toward more modern events: Henry Ford II takes over; the introduction of the Mustang; the firing of Lee Iacocca.
The editors of Automotive News pondered a century of stories and drew up their list of the Top 10. Five of them are from the early days of the company, three are from its middle years (1940-1960), and two are from the modern era (since 1960). Make your own choices and compare them with ours.
We're sure there will be both agreement and disagreement. But that's part of the fun of Top 10 lists.
No. 2 $5 a day Henry’s $5 day stunned the world What can you buy for $5 these days? Two gallons of milk and a loaf of bread? Maybe -- if they're on sale. A movie ticket? Good luck. Five bucks was a lot of money 89 years ago. View story
No. 7 UAW moves in Ford Motor battles, befriends labor From paying factory workers an unheard of $5 a day in 1914 to his violent opposition to the UAW in the 1930s, Ford shaped labor's progress in 20th century America. View story
No. 9 Mustang's a smash Mustang inspired passion, profits On April 17, 1964, Ford Motor Co. launched the original Mustang and created one of the most sensational and beloved automobiles of the 20th century. View story