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nismo
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Credit Ford with a classy move yesterday when it strategically left the blinds open in certain offices at its World Headquarters in Dearborn. The effect was a building-sized birthday card congratulating its cross-town competitor, General Motors, on making it 100 years in the automotive business. Ford celebrated its centennial a few years back, so knows how much fun the big 1-0-0 can be. And though they're technically competitors in this grueling business, both Ford and GM often find themselves in the same boat when it comes to battling imports for market share, appealing to the federal government for loans and generally doing their best not to make Detroit an embarrassment. Did you know that GM almost bought Ford back in the day? The man responsible for making GM what it is today, Billy Durant, made Henry Ford an offer of $8 million to buy his six-year-old car company on October 5, 1909... and Ford accepted. Unfortunately, Ford demanded $2 million up front, preferably in gold, and Durant couldn't get the loan approved by New York banks. The two automakers' paths verged from there, but obviously never completely separated.



From: http://www.autoblog.com/


Awh, how cute!
infinity
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The man responsible for making GM what it is today, Billy Durant, made Henry Ford an offer of $8 million to buy his six-year-old car company on October 5, 1909... and Ford accepted. Unfortunately, Ford demanded $2 million up front, preferably in gold, and Durant couldn't get the loan approved by New York banks
Hmm...never knew that. Pretty interesting.
redls1bird
Very classy. Ford just earned several brownie points with me.
Clockwork
Pretty cool indeed. It would also be kind of cool that on October 5, 2009 Ford and GM decide they cannot survive alone and merge, pissing off rednecks the country over.
nismo
There would honestly be some suicides going on, and it's sad to say, i'm probably not kidding.
Razor
QUOTE(nismo @ Sep 16 2008, 10:27 PM) *
There would honestly be some suicides going on, and it's sad to say, i'm probably not kidding.


Why?
Clockwork
Something else I recall, didn't the first company Henry Ford founded lets say "Ford Motors #1" later become Cadillac?
OHirtenfelder
That's a pretty cool gesture from one rival to another....
nismo
QUOTE(Clockwork @ Sep 16 2008, 10:56 PM) *
Something else I recall, didn't the first company Henry Ford founded lets say "Ford Motors #1" later become Cadillac?


Rednecks are crazy about thier trucks here.
fiber optic
QUOTE(Clockwork @ Sep 16 2008, 09:56 PM) *
Something else I recall, didn't the first company Henry Ford founded lets say "Ford Motors #1" later become Cadillac?


Yes, it was actually Ford Motors #2, called Henry Ford Company. (#1 was Detroit Automobile Company).

It later became Cadillac after Henry Leland joined, who coincidentally founded Lincoln.
redls1bird
Oh what a twisted web we weave.
Mitlov
QUOTE(redls1bird @ Sep 17 2008, 07:48 PM) *
Oh what a twisted web we weave.


I was going to use the word "incestuous," myself.
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