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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Arthur "Art' GoodeQuad City Times, December 3rd
His memberships include Zion Lutheran Church and the Southeast Iowa Antique Car Club, Mount Pleasant, Iowa. His joys were his 1909 Model T and 1930 Model A, Ford cars. Surviving are his wife, Gladys; children (and spouses), Delores (Marvin) Palmer, ...Read more
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Stolen Model T recoveredThe Western News, November 29th
A Flathead County man was arrested Tuesday and charged with the theft of a 1918 Ford Model T from a family that intended to give the antique automobile to the Heritage Museum. Shane R. Berry faces one count of felony theft, which carries a maximum ...Read more
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Judging by the vehicle's wood spoke wheels it appears to be a Ford Model T, dated from the teens or early 1920s. “It doesn't happen every day that you find a 100-year-old automobile sitting right off the levy of your city,” said Mark Peterson, the city...Read more