Fair point... I'm not into car history and didn't do any research... His (Ford's) name is just the only one that jumps readily to mind... I'm sure if I knew the name of the maker of the first car I would be in a very select crowd, which would render my intent in that phrase pretty moot.Ironically, Ford wasn't even close to the first car manufacturer. His contribution was the assembly line. Allowing mass production through standardization.