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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Pioneer Days will feature its traditional antique gas engines, working blacksmith shop, a model railroad and plant sale. ... The newest addition to the Museum's transportation building is a 1919 Model T Ford pickup truck that was rebuilt by Jerry Tashjian...Read more
Help make history move for Boothbay Railway Village visitorsBoothbay Register, April 26th
Volunteers like George Sefcik of Edgecomb make visits to the Boothbay Railway Village extra special for visitors. Now is the perfect time to join the volunteer team at the museum as it gears up to celebrate its 50th season. Courtesy of Margaret Hoffman...Read more
Louis Boyd BurnettMason City Globe Gazette, April 24th
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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Two men who claimed they were promised their repaired Model T Ford have instead launched a lawsuit against a member of the Kamloops, B.C., Vintage Car Club. Dennis Coates filed a notice in a Kamloops court claiming he and his ...Read more
1926 Ford Model T subject of Kamloops lawsuitKamloops This Week, April 23rd
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1923 Model T Ford crashes, kills Mount Joy coupleLancasterOnline, April 13th
Stauffer said the Cramers had just left the Creekside Cafe and were heading north on Habecker Road toward home when the Model T left the road, flipped over and landed upside down in a ditch. The couple were dead when first responders arrived. Stauffer...Read more