Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
: Ford du Canada Limitée
) was founded in 1904 for the purpose of manufacturing and selling Ford automobiles in Canada
and the British Empire
. The Ford Motor Company
in Detroit transferred the patent and selling rights to the Walkerville Wagon Company, in order to avoid the tariff rates for non-British Empire countries. The Company was originally known as the Walkerville Wagon Works, and was located in Walkerville, Ontario (now incorporated within Windsor
). The Company President Gordon McGregor convinced a group of investors to invest in Henry Ford
's new automobile, which was being produced across the river in Detroit.
On August 17, 1904, the Ford Motor Company was founded in Walkerville, Ontario
. The Company had gained all Ford patent rights and selling privileges to all parts of the British Empire, except Great Britain and Ireland
. The Model C, the first car to be produced in Canada, rolled out of the factory in late September 1904. The Company could produce two cars at a time and in its first full year of production, the Company was able to produce 117 automobiles. The Company's first export sales were to Calcutta
. The Company is still an important manufacturing enterprise in Windsor.
With the growth in car sales after World War II
, Ford of Canada decided to move its head office and build a new assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario
. The new Oakville assembly plant was opened in 1953. In order to meet ever increasing... Read More