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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Horseless carriages coming to Kittitas County
Daily Record-News, August 19th

Friday the group hopes to convoy to the Ellensburg area, stopping at the Thorp Fruit and Antique Mall before arriving. Plans call for a brief stop at the Red Horse Diner to meet up with members of a Yakima-area Model T club, and on to the Kittitas...Read more

Love blooms at senior center in Platte County
Kansas City Star, August 19th

The day he married a younger woman was also his 94th birthday. The bride, Doris Bloomberg, will be 89 in October. Doris had been a widow for five years, and Bill a widower for one, when they met a year ago on the OATS bus to the Platte County Senior ...Read more

Tomah VA to host Platoon Run Car and Motorcycle Show
WKBT La Crosse, August 18th

This event also offers the opportunity for the public to see a variety of rare and classic cars such as model T's, '57 Chevy's, and scores of flashy motorcycles. A continental breakfast will be provided by Root River Rods and Kustoms at Tomah...Read more

Cambridge Classic Cruise-In winners From cruisers to bruisers
The Daily Jeffersonian, August 18th

Pre '40s antique -- Jim Bakos, 1919 Dodge Brothers; and Greg Kuhnash, 1927 Ford Model T. Pre '40s street rod -- Glen Hatcher, 1936 Ford sedan; Rust and Rita Tucker, 1932 Ford sedan; Gary Greegor, 1939 Chevrolet two-door; Paul Herron, 1934 Ford ...Read more

1923 Model T stars at Antique Truck Show in Madrid, August 18th

MADRID — A vehicle that was produced just five years after the end of World War I highlighted an array of vintage automobiles, tractors and trucks on display Sunday in Madrid. The St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum, Route 345, played host to this ...Read more

New England Antique Racers plan Riverside Speedway reunion event
The Republican -, August 18th

31 at the Polish-American Club in Feeding Hills will celebrate the vintage cars, racers and other memorabilia linked with Riverside Park and Speedway. The New England Antique Racers, a non-profit organization which supports the history of ... Fini said...Read more

Annual car auction features student-built "antique"
WCSH-TV, August 14th

And then, there's the one-of-a-kind Ford Model T commercial vehicle, looking like a cross between a car and an old-time wagon with a wooden seat. Ground vehicle conservator Warren Kinkaid says the Model T is an exact reconstruction of a 1914 "T", but...Read more

Antique car club visits vacuum museum
Leader Journal, August 13th

One of the most unique aspects of Tacony Manufacturing is the variety of guests stopping by the Vacuum Museum and Factory Outlet Store in St. James. July 26 once again proved to be an interesting group of visitors. The Model T Ford Club of Greater St...Read more