The Model T

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The fa­mous Model T Ford, also known as the ‘Tin Lizzie’, was in pro­duc­tion from 1908.

It had a top speed of 72kph and the 2.9-litre en­gine pro­duced 15kW. On 1 Oc­to­ber 1908, the first pro­duc­tion Model T Ford was com­pleted at the com­pany’s Pi­quette Av­enue plant in Detroit. Be­tween 1908 and 1927, Ford would build some 15 mil­lion Model T cars. It was the long­est pro­duc­tion run of any au­to­mo­bile model in his­tory un­til the Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle sur­passed it in 1972.

Henry Ford’s Model T quickly be­came a kind of de­fault Amer­i­can car; at one point it ac­counted for half the cars in the US.

Al­though the Model T was nei­ther the first con­sumer car nor the cheap­est, nor even the first as­sem­bly line– pro­duced car, it was ar­guably the best com­bi­na­tion of these el­e­ments. Ford made a sturdy car that could deal with the in­cred­i­bly bad roads of the time, at a price that reg­u­lar peo­ple could con­ceiv­ably af­ford. His in­no­va­tions with as­sem­bly line man­u­fac­tur­ing fur­ther drove the price down and im­proved wages for his fac­tory work­ers.

Max and the com­pleted bus

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