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Ford Model T

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A car produced by Ford.  Widely acknowledged as a car significant for bringing automobiles to people that previously could not afford them.  The 1927 Model A was a replacement for the Model T.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Model T page on 14 June 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, T-Model Ford, Model T, or T) is an automobile that was produced by Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this was because of Ford's efficient fabrication, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.

The Ford Model T was named the most influential car of the 20th century in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, ahead of the BMC Mini, Citroën DS, and Volkswagen Type 1. With 16.5 million sold it stands eighth on the top ten list of most sold cars of all time as of 2012.

Although automobiles had already existed for decades, they were still mostly scarce and expensive at the Model T's introduction in 1908. Positioned as reliable, easily maintained mass market transportation, it was a runaway success. In a matter of days after the release, 15,000 orders were placed. The first production Model T was produced on August 12, 1908 and left the factory on September 27, 1908, at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan. On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth Model T Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan.

There were several cars produced or prototyped by Henry Ford from the founding of the company in 1903 until the Model T was introduced. Although he started with the Model A, there were not 19 production models (A through T); some were only prototypes. The production model immediately before the Model T was the Model S, an upgraded version of the company's largest success to that point, the Model N. The follow-up was the Ford Model A (rather than any Model U). The company publicity said this was because the new car was such a departure from the old that Henry wanted to start all over again with the letter A.

The Model T was Ford's first automobile mass-produced on moving assembly lines with completely interchangeable parts, marketed to the middle class. Henry Ford said of the vehicle:

I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one – and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces.


Although credit for the development of the assembly line belongs to Ransom E. Olds with the first mass-produced automobile, the Oldsmobile Curved Dash, beginning in 1901, the tremendous advancements in the efficiency of the system over the life of the Model T can be credited almost entirely to the vision of Ford and his engineers.

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TypeTitle
1969 MagazinesModel T Times by Model T Ford Club International; 2 issues
1970 MagazinesModel T Times by Model T Ford Club International; 5 issues
1971 MagazinesModel T Times by Model T Ford Club International; 1 issue


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
1915Ford Manual For Owners and Operators of Ford Cars
Ford Motor Company

Topic Page
- 94 pages
1917The Model T Ford Car: Its Construction, Operation and Repair
Victor W. Page, M.E.
Topic Page - 288 pages


Images

1985 Fallbrook Vintage Car Show Poster - 1911 Ford Model T 1985 Fallbrook Vintage Car Show
Artist: Ken Eberts
Cars: 1911 Ford Model T
Event: Fallbrook Vintage Car Show
Image courtesy CarArt.us
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Buster's Annual Christmas Trip to the Mountain - 1911 Ford Model T Art Buster's Annual Christmas Trip to the Mountain
Artist: Ken Eberts
Car: 1911 Ford Model T
Image courtesy CarArt.us
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1914 Ford Model T New Zealand Stamp News and Events: For the Stamp Collector
New Zealand recently issued an attractive set of six antique car stamps to help celebrate the 13th International Car Rally held in New Zealand in February. The six cars illustrate the development of the motor car from the earliest pioneering period to the introduction of the light economy car. The three cent stamp shows an 1895 Benz; the four cent a 1904 Oldsmobile; the five cent a 1914 Model T Ford; the six cent a 1915 Cadillac service car; the eight cent a 1924 Chrysler and the ten cent shows a 1923 Austin 7. The background scenes are appropriate to both the time and eras in which the cars were used.
Antique Automobile: March-April 1972
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4 Lil' Dips Ice Cream Shop 1915 Ford Model T 4 Lil' Dips Ice Cream Shop's Modified 1915
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2013 The Cars Time Forgot
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4 Lil' Dips Ice Cream Shop 1915 Ford Model T 4 Lil' Dips Ice Cream Shop's Modified 1915
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2013 The Cars Time Forgot
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1920 Ford Model T 1920
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Buss Ford Car Show
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UPS Ford Model T in 1921 UPS Truck in 1921
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1921 Ford Model T 1921
Man and His Car: Found His 'T' In 1954

Car Buff: February-March 1971
John Matazel of Cicero, Ill., sends this photo of his pert 1921 Model T Touring.
Matazel says he found this car in November of 1954. It had been in storage since 1933. "The car was solid, and no rust-outs," writes Matazel, adding, "It took very little time and labor to restore."
A member of the Model T Ford Club, Matazel's Illinois license identifies him as an amateur radio ham in addition to being a car buff. One apparent addition to the "T" is the pair of small directional signal lights located just under the headlights. A wise safety accessory!
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1922 Ford Model T Touring 1922 Touring
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2012 Round Lake Home Town Festival
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1922 Ford Model T Touring 1922 Touring
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1922 Ford Model T Touring 1922 Touring
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1922 Ford Model T Touring 1922 Touring
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1924 Ford Model T Coupe 1924 Coupe
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2018 Gilberts Spring Car Show
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1924 Ford Model T Coupe 1924 Coupe
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1924 Ford Model T Coupe 1924 Coupe
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1924 Ford Model T Coupe 1924 Coupe
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1924 Ford Model T Coupe 1924 Coupe
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1924 Ford Model T Coupe Security Auto Theft Signal System
1924 Coupe

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1924 Ford Model T Coupe 1924 Coupe
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1924 Ford Model T Coupe 1924 Coupe
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1924 Ford Model T Coupe 1924 Coupe
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1924 Ford Model T Coupe 1924 Coupe
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1924 Ford Model T Station Hack 1924 Station Hack
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2012 Muscles for Muscles Car Show
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1924 Ford Model T Station Hack 1924 Station Hack
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2012 Muscles for Muscles Car Show
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1924 Ford Model T Station Hack 1924 Station Hack
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2012 Muscles for Muscles Car Show
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1924 Ford Model T Station Hack 1924 Station Hack
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2012 Muscles for Muscles Car Show
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1924 Ford Model T Station Hack 1924 Station Hack
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Muscles for Muscles Car Show
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1925 Ford Model T Street Rod Street Rod 1925
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
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1926 Ford Model T 1926
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
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1927 Ford Model T 1927
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Barrington, Illinois Cruise Night:  July 19, 2007
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1927 Ford Model T 1927
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Ford Model T Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
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Ford Model T Dragster Model Car Dragster
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
March 14, 2010
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Ford Model T Dragster Model Car Dragster
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2010 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
March 14, 2010
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1926 T-Altered Model 1926 T-Altered
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2012 Classic Plastic
January 29, 2012
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit AMT 31563Barris T BuggyBuyer's Choice George Barris Custom Ford Model T


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
23 January 2011The Evolution of The Model TWilliam Jason
14 August 2015How Do You Run Yourself Over?Bill Crittenden
28 September 2016Recognizing Hayes ManufacturingCongressional Record: Sen. David Vitter


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