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Restaurant founder gets last Taurus

November 18, 2010

The last Ford Taurus to roll off the assembly line on Oct. 27, when production of the model ended, went to the founder of an Atlanta-based restaurant chain.

 

Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, 85, has a longtime relationship with the Atlanta-area plant that makes the sedan. Cathy has credited the success of his first restaurant to business from Ford workers across the street.

 

The Taurus purchase price was unclear because the car was sold to Cathy by an Atlanta dealership instead of directly from the company.

 

Cathy planned to display the last Taurus with many of his other collectible cars at his Atlanta headquarters and at his restaurants.

 

Ford announced in January that Taurus production would end after 21 years and sales of nearly 7 million vehicles.

 

Cathy opened his first restaurant, the Dwarf Grill, in 1946 with his brother. In 1961, he developed Chick-fil-A’s trademark chicken sandwich and asked diners from the Ford plant in Hapeville to try it. He opened his first Chick-fil-A restaurant in 1967 in Atlanta.

 

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