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The V8 engine was not terribly common in the late twenties and early thirties.Cadillac, of course, had used V8 engines since before World War I and both Lincoln and (briefly) Chevrolet had adopted them after the war, but most automakers preferred inline sixes and straight eights.
John Dahlinger (who claimed to be Henry’s illegitimate son) later told author David Halberstam that Henry once described himself as the author of the modern industrial age — a claim not without justice, it must be said, but one that spoke volumes about Henry’s ego.
The consequence of this self-regard was a growing isolation.
The planned “X-car” was to be powered by an eight-cylinder radial engine, an X-8.
Ford worked extensively on this design from 1922 to 1926, but it never worked satisfactorily; while air-cooled radials were common on aircraft until after World War II, the configuration posed insurmountable cooling and oiling problems for cars.
He clung to beam axles on transverse leaf springs long after most of the industry had adopted independent front suspension.