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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Rogers' resulting 230-plus-car assemblage was a well-thought-out grouping of primarily American classics sprinkled with European luxury rides including everything from a 1915 Ford Model T through not one, but two 2012 Fisker Karma Sedans. Some of the ...Read more
Tour delights visitors with Americana collectionThe Sentinel, February 28th
Visitors will begin their tour by stepping into the music room, where they will view an array of antique, early 20th century automatic music machines, which spring to life via a modern day iPad operated by a tour guide. ... were first made available to...Read more
Snowbirds miss their friends and family, but definitely not the weatherBuffalo News, February 28th
They're down here and they've got the top down,” said Jerre Walker, a Ford Stamping Plant retiree, who rides around in a vintage Model T. For years, the Walkers and their friends Don and Carol Conklin of Hamburg have been renting condos in Sun City...Read more
Theodore Robins Ford shows off new decorDaily Pilot, February 26th
A 1914 Ford Model T sat in the corner as attendees enjoyed light refreshments in the bright, airy space. The vintage automobile did have a few newer touches on it, namely an oversized blue bow on the windshield and a gold Theodore Robins license plate ...Read more
Vintage plane rides take flight at Gillespie Fieldfox5sandiego.com, February 26th
“He took the ball and ran with it just like he did with the Model T and automobile factories.” TriMotor went on to build 199 planes, becoming the very first airliner in history. “This plane was the first airliner that eastern airlines ever owned,” said...Read more
Antique cars, parts stolen from Garland County garageTHV 11, February 26th
The missing cars include a 1915 dark blue Chevy model 490, a 1925 black 2 door model T truck with homemade wooden box seats, a 1933 dodge 2-door sedan (front left fender is damaged), a Pierce Arrow V12 engine, numerous antique brass and steel ...Read more
Antique Model Ts may offer historic downtown toursChattanooga Times Free Press, February 23rd
A couple of vintage Ford Model Ts and an antique Model A may soon be carrying visitors around Chattanooga in the city's latest downtown travel venture. But before the nearly century-old, rebuilt vehicles ... Needham joined with Hal Everett, a self...Read more
Model T Ford among three vehicles damaged, as fire strikes again on Joppa ...Baltimore Sun, February 9th
Among three vehicles damaged was a Model T Ford, according to fire investigators. The other two were 1990s vintage Mustangs. The fire Monday was reported at 10:53 a.m. in the 500 block of Magnolia Road. The cause is under investigation, but State Fire ...Read more