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Ford SAF (Ford Société Anonyme Française) was the French subsidiary of the American automaker Ford Motor Company, which existed under various names between 1916 and 1954, when Ford sold the manufacturing business to Simca.

The residuum was renamed Ford France and became an importer of models such as the English built Ford Anglia and the German built Ford Taunus.

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The company was formed in Bordeaux as Société Française des Automobiles Ford in 1916 by Percival Perry, the head of Ford of Britain. Like other European Ford subsidiaries, Automobiles Ford initially assembled the Ford Model T and this continued at Bordeaux until 1925 and then at Asnières-sur-Seine near Paris until 1927. Model A were made from 1927 to 1931 and Model Y from 1932 to 1934. The company also imported the US-built V8-powered Ford Model B, but import taxes made them very expensive and it was not very popular in France.


In 1934 Maurice Dollfuss, the head of Ford Société Anonyme Française (SAF), was looking for a larger manufacturing plant and reached agreement with Emile Mathis to enter into a joint venture with the Mathis company forming Matford in Strasbourg and Asnières. The new company name was Matford SA. This venture continued until 1940 when the Strasbourg plant closed and a new one opened in Poissy and the company became again Ford SAF. During the World War II, the Poissy plant was taken over by the...
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