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Ford’s Last 35 Years – Celebrating Nick Nicholas Ford’s Anniversary!

Nick Nicholas Ford 35th anniversary - Inverness, Florida

We here at Nick Nicholas Ford are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the dealership and, to commemorate the date, we want to look back at Ford’s last 35 years. The last three decades haven’t been without their fair share of problems but we’re proud to say we powered through, just like the Ford F-150 would.

1981 Ford Escort

1981 Ford Escort – Photo taken by Kieran White

In 1981, the year the dealership was founded, the fifth-generation Ford Escort officially hit the market. The car shared components with the European model. As a result of the “world” car, Ford added an “Escort” badge over a glove. The Escort eventually became one of the best-selling models of the decade.

Just a few years later in 1985, Ford revolutionized the world of automotive design with the Taurus full-size sedan. The curving lines broke the box-car type bodies that most vehicles held at the time.

1990 brought the Ford Explorer, effectively spurring the launch of the SUV segment. The Explorer quickly out-classed standard station wagons and served as an excellent replacement for the Ford Bronco.

1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT

1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT – Photo by Sicnag

1996 brought innovation that predicted the rise of hybrid and electric vehicles. The Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle boasted features like regenerative braking, lead acid batteries, and a 700-pound payload.

2004 saw Ford brought the GT supercar to the road. The performance-driven model was inspired by the GT40 that ruled the 24 Hours of Le Mans Race in the 1960s.

In 2009, Ford revolutionized performance by offering turbocharged EcoBoost engines. Today, those engines are found in many models throughout Ford’s lineup.

Celebrate with us for the remainder of the year – it’s party time! With new 2017 models in stock already, we’re ready for a new year!

President’s Day Auto Sales: The History Behind the Celebration

This is one of the best times of the year to buy a car, thanks to President’s Day auto sales. While you might think that it’s just a coincidence car dealerships are always offering deals this time of year, there’s more than just meets the eye. Dating back to more than a century, this long tradition of great deals has an interesting history.

Although there are several different stories about the tradition, according to Boston.com, the tradition started in the New England area nearly 100 years ago. Entrepreneur and car dealer Alvan Fuller held a celebration of George Washington’s birthday and an open house to show off his Cadillacs and Packards.

“Alvan T. Fuller, who parlayed a [Malden] bicycle repair shop into an automobile agency fortune, inaugurated the Washington’s birthday display of new autos in an effort to boost sales after erecting ‘Fuller’s Folly,’ his agency on Commonwealth Ave.,” reads Fuller’s obituary.

In reality, this move had little to do with Washington’s Birthday, but rather it’s based on an intricate sales strategy. Customers not only have an extra day off work to look at cars, but most automakers bring out there new lineups at this time. Plus, bad weather has usually subsided by this time. With all of these reasons, plus a little added patriotism, President’s Day has become one of the best times to buy a car, and the perfect time to stop by Nick Nicholas Ford!

President’s Day Auto Sales

History Lesson: How Henry Ford Changed the Work Week

It was in 1926 that Henry Ford made some big changes, and effectively shaped the five-day work-week as we know it. It was in that year that Ford announced that his plants and offices would begin working on a standard five-day work week instead of six. This was following another bold move he’d already made – doubling his employees’ pay to $5 for an eight-hour work day.

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1927: The 15-Millionth Ford

While other business owners were scratching their heads, wondering how he could manage to pay so much, he had a theory he was putting to the test. Ford expected the same level of production in less time, and he believed that if he could pay his employees well, he’d create a bigger market for his cars. Because Ford was one of the world’s largest and most influential car manufacturers, most of its suppliers immediately followed in his footsteps, making a five-day work week standard across the country. (Thank you, Henry Ford!)

Regarding the decision, Ford said, “The harder we crowd business for time, the more efficient it becomes. The more well-paid leisure workmen get, the greater become their wants. These wants soon become needs. Well-managed business pays high wages and sells at low prices. Its workmen have the leisure to enjoy life and the wherewithal with which to finance that enjoyment.”

Check out some of the work Ford factory employees were expected to do in the 1920s here.

This makes complete sense to us today, but the way Henry Ford changed the work week was novel thinking in the 1920s, when many business owners were concerned that employees spent their time off drinking excessively and being otherwise useless to society.

We think Ford was on to something. So, how about four day work-weeks? Anyone?

We’re kidding. Kind of. Here at Nick Nicholas Ford, we are open 6 days a week for your convenience. You work hard for your paycheck – don’t spend your hard-earned cash just anywhere! Stop by any time to check out our lineup of safe, reliable, and impressive Ford vehicles.