De Tomaso Modena SpA was an Italian car-manufacturing company. It was founded by the Argentine born Alejandro de Tomaso (1928 - 2003) in Modena in 1959. It originally produced various prototypes and racing cars, including Formula One car for Frank Williams's team in 1970. Most of the funding for the automaker came from de Tomaso's brother-in-law, Armory Haskell Jr, Rowan Industries. In 1971, Ford acquired an 84% stake in De Tomaso from Rowan with Alejandro de Tomaso himself holding the balance. Ford would sell back their stake in the automaker in 1974 to Alejandro.