William Hughson was the first and largest Ford Dealerships in California. He first started a Hardware store in San Fransisco, if I remember right. He then started selling Model T's before there were dealerships. He personally communicated with Henry Ford and went to see him in Detroit many times. This might be him in the car.
William Hughson met Henry Ford long before the Model T. Somewhere in one of my books I have read that during the 1906 San Fransisco earthquake he used some of his rescued cars from his dealership to transport injured people to hospital. Also see the link I have added here, under " Dealer History " at the bottom of the page on the link. Best regards, John
I bought parts at Hughson Ford in San Francisco a few times.
It has been closed for about 30 years.
They advertised that they were the world's oldest Ford dealer.
I was working down Van Ness Avenue at a Cadillac dealership when Hughson closed, and thought it a shame that Ford didn't step in to try and save their oldest store. They had a 1903 Model A in the showroom, I wonder where it is now?
F. Bülow in Copenhagen was among the first Ford dealers in Europe, but I just had to check their website: The became exclusive Ford agent in 1906.
But they are still in business - just not as car dealer any more.