Edsel Ford: `I Want To Be Judged On My Ability'

Throughout his career at Ford Motor Co., Edsel B. Ford II has delighted in tweaking archrival General Motors Corp. When he began a two-year stint running Ford of Australia, GM dealers there sent him a pair of boxing gloves. He sent back a towel, suitable for throwing in. Later, while at Harvard business school's three-month management development program, his class toured GM's Framingham (Mass.) assembly plant. Edsel showed up for the trip wearing a Ford racing team jacket.

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