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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Bringing on a rush of nostalgia were vintage, neon McDonald's and White Castle signs. Jubilation over the Oscar Mayer ... Two hours later, a Model T delivered me to the living history museum of Greenfield Village. Time had stood still at the 1831-built...Read more
Antique 1924 Model T Ford roadster now...www.insideottawavalley.com/, October 9th
If you have any relatives who are 90, they were born the same year this 1924 Model T Ford roadster was built. The current owner is Gordon Jackson of Hamilton, Ontario: "Mr. Bill Sherk, this 90-year-old hound dog followed me home from Florida a few...Read more
Antique cars at Boonesborough DaysHerald-Mail Media, September 8th
Antique cars at Boonesborough Days. Bridgette Kinna of Thurmont, Md., and Ryan Uppercue of Boonsboro look over a row of Ford Model T antique cars Sunday during Boonesborough Days at Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro. Antique cars at ...Read more
Vintage car enthusiasts learn to drive Model T Fords in LeMay Family CollectionTheNewsTribune.com, June 28th
On Saturday, a class of 19 beginners hooted and hollered as they steered a half-dozen varieties of Model T's — some from private collections and others from the LeMay Family Collection — through trails and rutted back roads on the Marymount Event ...Read more
Every part of this vintage 1927 Ford Model T tells a storyDriving, June 12th
will that old Ford tow my 1928 - 28' restored Ditchburn around the country, to various Antique Wooden Boat Shows? Reply · Like. · 2 · June 12 at 8:19pm. Add a Reply... Ken Berger · Top Commenter · Olds College. Alvin Berger of Nanton Alberta has...Read more
Model A and Model T era antique car show set for SheltonShelton Herald, April 16th
In an effort to promote interest in automotive history and to share knowledge, a Model T and Model A Meet will take place in Shelton on Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. in the Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard parking lot, 278 Leavenworth Road (Route 110)...Read more
Karen Johnson, antique car fan club president killed in Ford Model T accidentDaily Mail, July 28th
Karen Johnson, 51, was in a 1915 Ford Model T that pulled to the side of a Utah highway Friday morning, causing the wooden wheel spokes on one wheel to collapse when a wheel edged off the pavement, which resulted in the car rolling down the hill and ...Read more
Minnesota Model T enthusiast killed in crash of antique carMinneapolis Star Tribune, July 26th
In a President's Letter on the club website, Karen Johnson indicated that she and her husband farm and have four children and that antique cars have been a family passion for several generations. The Model T in which Johnson had been riding Friday was ...Read more