First released in October of 1908, the Ford Model T was designed to be a car for the people. Unlike cars that had come before it, the Model T was made to be easy to operate and inexpensive enough that any working person could own one. Ford’s redesigned manufacturing process made this possible. Instead being assembled in place, Model Ts moved along a monorail, with large machines placed in the order they were needed to produce individual car parts. This moving production line became an instant hit, cutting fabrication time in half. Within five years, Ford had adapted the method to each of its various assembly lines, minimizing the company’s expenses and revolutionizing the modern factory.
Ford’s most popular Model T, the Touring series, originally cost $850, or approximately a teacher’s yearly salary in 1908. Although this was a comparatively reasonable price, the Model T’s straightforward operation and ease of repair are what really made it sell. The Model T’s high clearance, light weight, and four-cylinder engine allowed the car to handle nearly any rough road surface. The vehicles traveled an average of 10-12 miles per gallon, and could sometimes reach speeds of more than 30 miles an hour, though only on the best roads. The worst that could be said for them is that their brakes were terrible.
The first Model T design came in green, grey, and red, and quickly gained the nickname “Tin Lizzie,” a reference to motorcars being cheap metal versions of horses, which were often called Liz or Lizzie. In 1914, Ford began its famous “any color as long as it’s black” strategy to minimize costs and improve durability. The Model T’s simplicity generated a huge aftermarket for accessories and parts, as most of the original vehicles didn’t even include an instrument panel.
Following World War I, Ford’s sales dropped during America’s postwar economic recession, and the company finally began to rethink its Model T design. Though business soon improved to reach a new peak in 1923, with 2.2 million cars produced, pressure from competing automakers’ yearly design upgrades pushed the company towards a new Model A.
During 18 years of production, Ford had created a stunning 16.5 million Model Ts. Named the “Car of the Century” in 1999, the Ford Model T is still the most collected and well-respected car ever produced.
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2 Hurt After SUV and 1912 Ford Model T CollideNBC 10 Philadelphia, May 20th
Two people were hurt after an SUV and an antique automobile collided in East Marlborough Township, Chester County Wednesday morning. The accident, which occurred shortly before 10:30 a.m. on West Doe Run and Mill roads involved a Kia SUV and a ...Read more
John Kilby Yadkin Valley awardWilkes Journal Patriot, May 20th
All kinds of antique Fords made through the decades, including Lincoln and Mercury cars, are expected. Owners have committed to ... In the early years, the Model T sold better than expensive and heavy Buicks, Overlands and Franklins. The T would...Read more
Celebrating History: Pike County bicentennial events to continue in Waverly in ...Pike County News Watchman, May 20th
"This three-day celebration in our county seat of Waverly will feature a number of elements associated with transportation forms, from carriage to canal boat, railroad to Model T, tractors and motorcycles to hot air balloons." Also included ... On May...Read more
Take a FunDrive in a ClassicMontgomery Advertiser, May 19th
Janet Driscoll of Driscoll Designs Inc. created the invitations for the second annual FunDrive event that encouraged guests to come check out Bill's fantastic car collection, and to vie for 24-hour use or chauffeured rides in several of his select...Read more
Vintage plane stops at WorthingtonThe Independent, May 19th
Built in 1928 by the Ford Motor Company, the three-engine plane is the winged cousin of Henry Ford's legendary Model T automobile. It was restored in the late 1960s and then again in the late 1990s, and now belongs to the Liberty Aviation Museum in...Read more
Discoveries: Antique car museum sprouts in ag country town of BardSacramento Bee, May 16th
Such as, well, opening your own roadside attraction, on a road deep in the heart of Imperial County's ag fields that even Google Maps has trouble locating, dedicated to nothing but antique cars and assorted automotive accessories. Johnny Cloud, whose...Read more
Annual Model T&A Era Antique Car Show in SheltonPatch.com, May 5th
The fifth annual Model T & A Era Antique Car Show will be held in Shelton May 9. It will be held at Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard, 278 Leavenworth Rd (Route 110) in the White Hills section of Shelton. The event is free to everyone attending...Read more
SATURDAY: Ford Model Ts and As to be displayed at free antique car show in ...Shelton Herald, May 3rd
The fifth annual Model T & Model A-Era Antique Car Show is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Beardsley's Cider Mill and Orchard, 278 Leavenworth Road (Route 110). The event is free for participants and spectators, including those ...Read more