The fledgling Ford Motor Company made its first sale of a vehicle to Dr. E. Pfenning, a physician from Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Pfenning's Model A was shipped to him on July 28, 1903. The 1903 Ford Model A was a simple machine with a 2-cylinder engine, producing eight horsepower and could reach 30 miles per hour (only on smooth roads, which were rare indeed!) Since those first Model A's in 1903, Ford Motor Company has gone on to produce over 300 million vehicles.
In 1913, to help meet the growing demand for the automobiles, Henry Ford turned his attention to improving the manufacturing processes. The moving assembly line was perhaps Ford Motor Company's single greatest contribution to the automotive manufacturing process. The business model Ford developed—production on a grand scale—spread throughout the world and became the manufacturing standard for everything from vacuum sweepers to cars, and more.