• Sep 16th 2008 at 7:58AM
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Credit Ford with a classy move yesterday when it strategically left the blinds open in certain offices at its World Headquarters in Dearborn. The effect was a building-sized birthday card congratulating its cross-town competitor, General Motors, on making it 100 years in the automotive business. Ford celebrated its centennial a few years back, so knows how much fun the big 1-0-0 can be. And though they're technically competitors in this grueling business, both Ford and GM often find themselves in the same boat when it comes to battling imports for market share, appealing to the federal government for loans and generally doing their best not to make Detroit an embarrassment. Did you know that GM almost bought Ford back in the day? The man responsible for making GM what it is today, Billy Durant, made Henry Ford an offer of $8 million to buy his six-year-old car company on October 5, 1909... and Ford accepted. Unfortunately, Ford demanded $2 million up front, preferably in gold, and Durant couldn't get the loan approved by New York banks. The two automakers' paths verged from there, but obviously never completely separated.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      not enough pot perhaps?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awwwwww that's sweet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      $8 Million might not seem like much now, but that was a lot of scratch back then.

      Anyway, Nice gesture Ford.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Very classy! Nice job Ford!

        Now if only Cain and Abel could be this nice...........

      • 7 Years Ago
      I recall reading that on it's 100th B Day GM will show off Volt to everyone (without GM employees in front of it) I believe that should happen tomorrow.

      Here's an interesting fact for all of you. Did you know that GM founder's middle name was "Crapo"? How appropriate is that?

      And before a get ripped to pieces here's the link.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I knew someone would get offended.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Boy, you are a class act. Didn't your mother raise you better than that? Making fun of someones name is what you do in grade school.

        Anyhow, Congrats to GM on past success and a better future. GM is poised to take the world by storm over the next few years and everyone working for GM should be proud of their accomplishments during this long, difficult turnaround.
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        One of my best friends in High School's last name was Crapo. Its not pronounced "Crap-O" its "Cray-po." We still called him Crapper though...
      • 7 Years Ago
      A slick move on Ford's part. Sneaking a little of GM's limelight by wishing them a happy b-day.

      I'm not saying it wasn't done out of kindness, but still, they knew what they were doing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That was really nice from Ford.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice move by Ford, even though they ARE crosstown rivals

      nice to see that there is still camaraderie and kindness still left in this world

      kudos to the Big Blue Oval
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford actually did this by accident. They were trying to conserve energy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How do we know this is a nice gesture? Perhaps Ford couldnt pay their electric bill and these were the only rooms that had emergency lighting.

      Or maybe all bot those light bulbs burnt out and they couldn't replace them.

      It could happen right? :-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Better to be friends (G.M. Ford & Chrysler) than foe, as there are far more that are foe .... Nissan, Honda, Toyo and about 9 others all wanted GM FoMoCo & MOPAR sent out to pasture!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Im suprised Ford has enough money to leave the lights on for the night...classy move though
        • 7 Years Ago
        ford has more cash in it's bank account than GM and Chrysler combined.
        cash isnt the issue... its CASH FLOW... burning through it at a faster rate than it is being generated... of course due to the restructuring. this is the case for all of our Detroit 3. but you already knew this of course.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We're in this together.
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