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A Conversation with Henry Ford III
We caught up with Henry Ford III at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction and asked him questions from Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords readers.
Henry Ford’s company not only created the Mustangs that we hold near and dear today, but his automotive empire began from a single winning race car in 1901and grew into a dominant force in worldwide automotive production, and essentially created the modern assembly line that has revolutionized manufacturing of all types the world over.
Ford Motor Company is a publically traded company but the Ford family remains the major shareholder, so when your surname is Ford and you work for the company, you pull a lot of weight. Henry Ford III is the son of Edsel Ford II and great-grandson of “the original” Henry Ford, and he started from the ground floor after college, selling cars for a stint at Galpin Ford here in Los Angeles. We asked him if his name tag actually said “Henry Ford” and he said, “Yes, and I got some odd looks!” Henry III started his career with his family’s company in the beginning of the self-described “dark days” of the industry in 2006, and is currently working for Dave Pericak, former Mustang chief engineer, at Ford Racing.
We caught up with Henry III at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (Arizona) auto auction a week before the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona, where the race-prepped version of the Ford GT race car on the rotating platform behind him won its class, following an emotional win at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 2016. We asked him a few questions that came from Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords readers on our Facebook page.