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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The tour features about 130 vintage cars from 32 states, Canada and Germany all made before 1943. On Monday, they could all be found on the Tarmac ... dad got when he returned home from World War I. “He got home and drove by the model T dealership real...Read more
Sold! Here are the winning bids from Tuesday's auction of 69 cars, left after ...OCRegister, September 1st
Hundreds of classic car enthusiasts, collectors and re-sellers turned out at the Orange County District Attorney Public Administrator's office in Santa Ana, Tuesday, as a unique collection of vintage cars went up for auction. The cars belonged to...Read more
Francis Ford Coppola wants you to come on his family vacationNational Post, September 1st
“My dad bought a 1913 Model T Ford, and we drove it from San Francisco to Bolinas, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge,” son Roman Coppola says over the phone from the set of Mozart in the Jungle, the show he created with cousin Jason Schwartzman and Alex...Read more
Ford Model A's on display at Heritage VillageGreen Bay Press Gazette, September 1st
The Door County Historical Society features a show of antique Ford Model A cars by the Cherryland A's car club from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for its Sunday program in the historical society's Heritage Village at Crossroads at Big Creek. The program also...Read more
2 dead after Model T-type Ford crashes into tree, catches fireLos Angeles Times, August 31st
An antique Ford crashed into a tree in the San Gabriel Valley on Monday night, killing two people, authorities said. Shortly before 7 p.m., the Ford -- believed to be a Model A or Model T -- was driving near the intersection of Broadway and Temple City ...Read more
British Film Institute unearths 1911 footage of Ben Nevis Model T Ford stuntGrough, August 31st
Britain's official film charity has unearthed footage of the remarkable journey of a vintage car down the UK's highest mountain. The five-minute film of the 1911 publicity stunt by Edinburgh Ford dealer Henry Alexander driving a Model T down Ben Nevis...Read more
Century-old Model T rolls into SF after 3600-mile road tripSFGate, August 19th
A vintage Model T Ford rolled into San Francisco this week after a 3,600-mile trip from Detroit on dusty back roads to commemorate a nearly forgotten road trip — and to make a point. “We are here to celebrate and promote our national automotive...Read more
Century-old Model T Ford the star of vintage car collectionToowoomba Chronicle, August 9th
Mr Kennedy, who has 16 restored and partially restored vintage cars in his collection, said he suspected his addiction took over after he got a red pedal car at the age of two. His Model-T Ford is currently the star of the show - Mr Kennedy and his...Read more