Ford celebrates heritage with Digital Archive

Ford Falcon

To celebrate 119 years of Ford and its vehicles, the Dearborn-based company has digitally archived more than 5000 Ford and Lincoln brochures, photographs and made them available to everyone. 

By David Taylor

We've spent some time exploring and have come away impressed with the level of detail across the range. Right from the very beginnings in 1903 to the modern era, there's content available on all of its vehicles. The best part? It's free and anyone can search the archives and download content for personal use. We enjoyed looking through car brochures from the 70s, cars were marketed very differently back then! 

Ford Mustang

Right now, there are more than 5000 images and brochures and it's set to grow. Ford realised the importance of recording its heritage and started its internal archives 70 years ago and now it's available for anyone to browse. 

To compile this archive and make it digitally-friendly was no easy task and Ford worked with graduate students from Wayne State University’s library and information science program in Detroit, as well as Ford employees and retirees, to pilot the Heritage Vault in advance of its launch.

Ford F100

We did a search for the Ford Capri Perana, one of the SentiMetal Heritage Fleet projects that's currently in the process of being restored, and there was no info. Hey Ford, maybe we can help you here! 

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