Happy Birthday, Henry Ford! One look around the lot at the NYE Automotive Group proves vehicles have come a long way since Henry Ford voiced the immortal words, “Any customer can have a car painted any color he wants so long as it is black.” There certainly wasn’t a lot of diversity back in the early 1900s as Ford began selling his cars. In 1918 half of all cars on the roads of America were Model Ts, and every single one of them was black. (Plus the unintended sexism of his calling all customers “he” has long since disappeared, as men and women alike are buying cars now. Born on July 30, 1863 in Michigan, Henry Ford would have just turned 150 years old. A lot has changed since the days when he created his original Ford Quadricycle in 1896 — just check out a picture online of that simple vehicle and compare it to the high technology of the Ford vehicles available today. In fact, the technology of today’s Fords is more sophisticated than that of early space craft. From the beginning, Ford had a vision of making quality cars that were affordable to the general population. Even before his Ford Motor Company, he created the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899, but that company fizzled by 1901 because the production was of a lower quality standard and higher price than Ford wanted. The Ford Motor Company was incorporated in June 1903 and his famed Model T debuted on Oct. 1, 1908. Its initial $825 price tag — a price that fell over the later years of production — was cheap enough that most American families could afford one, and Ford even made sure his company wages were enough that each of his workers was able to buy the car they built. With Henry Ford turning 150 and his Ford Motor Company turning 110 this year, we like to think he would be proud of the way NYE Automotive — which started our own business as a Ford dealership back in 1968 — also makes his vehicles available to the general public. That’s a commitment we plan to continue for years to come. Incidentally, those Model Ts were painted black because that color had the shortest drying time of the paints available. That’s some trivia that will make you the brains of your next get-together! The NYE Automotive Group is located at 1479 Genesee St. in Oneida, N.Y. For more info on any of our vehicles and services, call (315) 363-0600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.