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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49th Annual Duryea Day Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show and Flea Market ...Boyertown Berk Montgomery Newspapers, August 22nd
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The heyday of one-room schoolhouses dates back well before the mass production of Henry Ford's Model T, so children in 19th-century rural communities like Ulster County had to get there whatever way they could, whether by horse or foot. “I noticed in...Read more
What Is It?The Augusta Chronicle, August 21st
EVANS: PJ Rodgers said: “It's the Model T Ford that's used by the Laurel and Hardy impersonators at the annual fest in Harlem.” MARTINEZ: Travis Starr guessed some car an Army general would have used in the 1920s, perhaps a Ford or Packard...Read more
Winning 1933 stock car, 102-year-old trophy summon memories of Elgin road ...Elgin Courier News, August 21st
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Love blooms at senior center in Platte CountyKansas 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
New England Antique Racers plan Riverside Speedway reunion eventThe Republican - masslive.com, 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
1923 Model T stars at Antique Truck Show in MadridWatertownDailyTimes.com, August 17th
MADRID — A vehicle that was produced just five years following 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 along Route 345 played host ...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