As a tricky 2001 came to an end, Ford's PR staff had one more
embarrassing gaffe in store.
An ad for Ford's Chicago area dealers told of how Americans fully
trusted 1944 Fords. Unfortunately, someone at ad agency J. Walter
Thompson clearly slept through the WWII history class.
Ford switched to military production in 1942, so there's no such thing
as a 1944 Ford, unless you're talking about the B-24 Liberator bombers
Ford was making at the time.
The gaffe resulted in several calls to the Chicago Tribune. "Somebody at
the ad agency didn't know their history," confirmed Scott Jensen, Ford's
Midwest communications manager. The ad, which was touting Ford's 0%
financing offer, was "just naturally retired when 0% financing ended,"