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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Flying circus offers fun TuesdayPalladium-Item, July 22nd
organizers of the Model T Ford centennial celebration wanted to fill visitors' schedules, so new events were planned around Wayne County. One of those events, now called the Hagerstown Flying Circus, has continued to thrive. At least 25 vintage...Read more
Past inspires St Michael's Village FeteLudlow Advertiser, July 22nd
dressed in the clothes of the time to parade to the fete and dog show that was held at Sunnycroft. People also brought their dogs along to take part in the show. There were also two vintage cars on show, a 1948 MGTC and a 1924 Model T Ford Ton Truck...Read more
Barry J. HeathLewiston Sun Journal, July 21st
Once retired, he was able to pursue his love of antique cars and was often seen driving his Ford Model T. Barry was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, belonging to both the Waterford ATV and snowmobile clubs; he spent many hours working on and improving ...Read more
Trash or treasure? U-Haul thieves likely haven't a clueBellingham Herald, July 21st
They must wonder about the Model-T Ford rims and the railroad paraphernalia. Certainly they will pawn the camera equipment and other items that will fetch a quick dollar, but the rest? Well, they're going to have to make an appearance on “Antique ...Read more
Our View: With planning, closing down can mean opening upWatauga Democrat, July 21st
The opportunity to host more than 200 Ford Model T vintage vehicles in the High Country for a week gave good cause to shut down a portion of King Street for several hours during the weekend. Not only did it give tourists and residents an opportunity to...Read more
Tour of antique automobiles will feature cars made before 1927Winston-Salem Journal, July 20th
cause some old-timers to wonder if they've entered a time warp. The event is an annual summer tour sponsored by a regional group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, which celebrates those beautiful antique and vintage vehicles made when the...Read more
Vintage wheels roll into ThoroldSt. Catharines Standard, July 19th
Lockhart, 74, of Niagara Falls describes his crank-up Ford as a leader of its time that set a bar for mass-made vehicles. "They used these thing for everything, some farmers even used them to plow their fields with," he said of the Model T he estimates...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