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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"I'll be back," but it also brandished a vintage shotgun for the second installment of "The Terminator" series. The reprogrammed killer robot needed the sawed-off, 12-gauge, M1887 Winchester shotgun to slow down the newer model T-1000 (Robert...Read more

Hamlet Tornado Building receives award
Richmond County Daily Journal, October 29th

The Tornado Building Antique Vehicle Museum is a part of the Hamlet Depot and Museum Complex located at 2 W. Main St. The museum houses several antique vehicle exhibits including the restored Tornado locomotive, a Model-T Ford, a Model-A Ford and ...Read more

Roush, James W.
Lincoln Journal Star, October 29th

He was a member of Masonic Lodge 250, American Legion Post 359, Sesostris Shrine, Nebraskaland Model T and Antique Car Club. Jim is survived by daughters, Gwendolyn (husband Chuck) Fulton of Pleasant Hill, Mo. and Clarice (husband Dave) Martin ...Read more

The Richardson Highway and the Gibson stage line
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, October 26th

In early 1913 he ordered a Ford Model T from Samson's Hardware. It wasn't ... The Dodge, owned by David Stone and Don and Ray Cameron and on loan to the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, was modified by Gibson for his business's special needs...Read more

Shuping Mill Road fire consumes building with vintage cars inside
Salisbury Post, October 25th

Some of the cars lost in the fire included models such as a 1964 Ford Falcon convertible, an Oldsmobile 88, a Buick Wildcat and a Model T touring sedan. Family members said it was a huge building — at least 3,500 square feet — that was four bays wide...Read more

Vintage Apple computer built by Woz sells for whopping $750000
CNET, October 22nd

"Similar to what Henry Ford did with the Model T, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs put technology directly in the hands of the people with the creation of the Apple-1, completely altering the way we work and live. The Apple-1 was not only innovative, but...Read more

Home News Antique 1924 Model T Ford roadster now..., 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

San Angelo Welcomes Model T Ford Owners
San Angelo LIVE!, October 2nd

The event was organized by locals Marshall and Diana Huling, who belong to the Space City T's, the Houston Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America, and the vintage automobiles will be touring the Concho Valley over the next few days. The tour ...Read more