May 23, 2019
1916 – This Tractor Claimed To Be A “Ford”
This circa 1916 silent film was produced by The Ford Tractor Company to promote and drum up pre-orders for their tractor.
This Ford Tractor was not built by the Ford Motor Company, known for building the Fordson Tractor. This tractor was the brainchild of William Baer Ewing who seeked to profit off the Ford Name. In 1914, Ewing purchased a tractor design from the Lion Tractor Company and went about to find someone with the last name of Ford.
He found Paul B. Ford whom he paid and made director of the Ford Tractor Company in exchange for the use of his name. In 1915, The Ford Tractor Company of Minneapolis was established. The Company claimed: “Mr. Paul B. Ford, inventor and designer of the Ford Tractor, has devoted years of his life to its study.” In reality, Ford knew nothing about the tractor or it’s design.
Henry Ford tried to stop Ewing from putting out his Ford tractor, but was unsuccessful. Henry Ford & Sons instead named their tractor the Fordson, since Ewing took the Ford name.