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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Instead, they drove their classic truck into the Village Hall parking lot, parked it between a 1917 Ford Model T and a sporty 1962 red Corvette, set up their lawn chairs and sat back for an evening filled with good food, good drink, and lots of talking...Read more
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Restoration students do wheel nice work on vintage ridesDaily Local News, July 28th
When Penn College of Technology revved up its vintage vehicle restoration major in 2012, it became one of just a handful of degree programs around the country teaching teens and 20-somethings how to help refurbish and maintain North America's fleet of...Read more
Olar businessman loaned $25k to Henry Ford in early 1900sThe Tand D.com, July 26th
As a nod to its unique connect to Henry Ford, the town of Olar established the Model T?s to Olar festival several years ago. Model T and another antique car enthusiasts across the region enter their vintage vehicles in the festival parade and car show...Read more
Follow Along as Drivers Retrace Edsel Ford's 1915 Cross-Country Trip in a ...Car and Driver (blog), July 21st
Back in 1915, nobody knew this better than a then 21-year-old Edsel Ford, who, along with a group of like-minded young men, all on the cusp of adulthood, saddled up in one of his pappy's Model T touring cars for a road trip from Detroit to San...Read more
Antique car tour coming to JohnstonNews & Observer, July 17th
The tour will cover about 350 miles over five days, which the vintage cars will traverse at a speed of 30 to 35 miles per hour, Fitzgerald said. The most common car in the group will be the Ford Model T, by far the most affordable and widely-produced ...Read more
Model T pickup wins first in antique carsSaukValley.com, July 10th
Antique Cars: 1925 Model T pickup truck owned by Jack Fahs of Walnut, first place. Classic Cars: 1978 Camaro by Kevin and Riley Scanlan of Tampico, first. People Walking: Prophetstown Royal Neighbors of America Youth Chapter 516, Abby Whiles and ...Read more
Vintage Model Ts rolling into townCochrane Times, July 9th
Those who would like to get involved in future tours and start learning how to restore vintage cars can contact Wolff at firstname.lastname@example.org about joining Calgary's Foothills Model T. Ford Club, which can also be done through www.foothillsmodeltfordclub.com...Read more