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 oft...
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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See Model T and Model A cars SaturdayShelton Herald, May 17th
Admission and parking are free, with food available for purchase. Rain date is Sunday, May 26. Daniel Beardsley is organizing the event. He said he grew up surrounded by Model A's and some Model T's, as his father is an antique-car enthusiast. Details...Read more
Bessy returning to Dixon June 1Saukvalley, May 16th
The Reagan Boyhood Home plans a homecoming party June 1 for its 1919 Model T, which had been relegated to the garage until visiting members of the Fox Valley Model T Club decided to get the old gal going again. They took her to Elgin and spent several...Read more
Donley's Wild West Town a return to yesteryearChicago Sun-Times, May 16th
There are pony rides and a petting zoo, a vintage carousel and a small roller coaster, plenty of buffalo taxidermy and a fake Wild West jail. Three times daily, local actors, The Wild West town oddly has it's roots in the Ford Model T, the first...Read more
Reagan museum Model T getting rehabbed in IllinoisSaukvalley, May 7th
decided to get the car in running condition. The club drove the vehicle to South Elgin in a trailer to be rehabbed. The engine was sent to be rebuilt in Ohio. When they're done members will form an antique-vehicle caravan to drive the Model T back...Read more
A jewel in the sunphillyBurbs.com (blog), May 7th
Model T on Mill Street. Steve Orgaan, 61, of Philadelphia, with his 1914 Ford Model T at the Mill Street Antique Automobile Show on Sunday May 4, 2013. Model T on Mill Street. By J.D. Mullane. Model T on Mill Street. Steve Organ, of Philadelphia, check...Read more
SEEN: Model Ts to Mustangs Antique and Classic Car ShowThe Advocate, May 6th
Christiaan Kuyper, 2, eyes a 1949 Ford pickup at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center's 10th Annual Model Ts to Mustangs Antique and Classic Car Show in Stamford Conn., May 4, 2013. Photo: Keelin Daly. Christiaan Kuyper, 2, eyes a 1949 Ford pickup...Read more
Annual Model Ts to Mustangs Antique & Classic Car ShowThe Daily Voice, May 1st
Join us for the 10th anniversary of the SM&NC's annual Antique and Classic Car Show. To celebrate both the Model T and the Mustang; Ford has been chosen as this year's "Focus Group" section. The show will feature all makes and models of U.S.-made as...Read more
Shelton event to feature Model T, Model A cars on May 18Shelton Herald, April 23rd
He said he grew up surrounded by Model A's and some Model T's, as his father is an antique-car enthusiast. As a youngster, he and his siblings would sell corn out of a '31 pickup truck used for a farm stand, and on his 16th birthday his father gave him...Read more