Fred Jones

Inducted 1994

Established one of the world’s leading Ford dealerships

Pioneered the remanufacture of automobile engines and power train components and established the largest parts remanufacturing business in the country

Fred Jones made headlines in 1934 by telling Henry Ford, “You make ’em, Henry, and I’ll sell ’em”. He made history by doing it. Jones began his automotive career in 1916 when Ford Motor Company opened a new assembly plant in Oklahoma City. Displaying his trademark enthusiasm, Jones was the first employee to punch the time clock. Working at a variety of jobs within the Ford plant, Jones eventually recognized his interest in sales and determined to become an automotive retailer. Jones opened his first Ford dealership in Oklahoma City in 1926. Ten years later, his dealership sold more vehicles than any dealership in the Southwest. By 1955, Jones was the number one seller of Ford cars and trucks in the world, operating from 10 dealerships. Programs such as all-night service set Jones apart from the crowd. He also established what Ford officials hailed as the world’s finest used car business. During his lifetime, Jones was responsible for the sale of 277,470 new and used vehicles, and his combined companies achieved gross sales of more than $600 million. Jone’s success came full circle in 1966. At a luncheon honoring his 50 years of service to Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford II honored Jones as “Ford Citizen of the Year.”

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