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Milestone Anniversary Week for Ford Model T

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On: Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 1:19PM | By: Gary P Garry

Milestone Anniversary Week for Ford Model T

Henry Ford has gone down in history as one of the most important industrial innovators of all time. Ford was born on July 30, 1863, and, as you might imagine, one of the fathers of American automaking was born in Michigan, the state that became the epicenter of the industry.

Many people are not aware of the fact that his first attempts at the creation of an auto-manufacturing company did not succeed. He started the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899, and that unsuccessful endeavor morphed into the Henry Ford Company in 1901.

The money men behind the company were not pleased with the results, and Ford left the enterprise with the right to use his name and $900 in his pocket, according to automotive lore.

From that point on, magical things took place. The Ford Motor Company was founded on June 16, 1903, and Henry never looked back.

In the early days, cars, because they were assembled by hand, were available only to wealthy people. Ford envisioned the automobile as a means of transportation that should be available to everyone, and to this end he devoted company resources to the creation of the Ford Model T.

The first Ford Model T that was available for sale rolled out of the manufacturing facility on September 27th of 1908, and that was the beginning of something that no one could really imagine at the time.

Today we take automobile ownership for granted, but, back in that day, the American landscape was being transformed by the horseless carriage. The Model T, or "Tin Lizzie" as it was affectionately called, changed everything as more and more people took to the roadways.

Ford wanted the people who manufactured the car to be able to afford one—a very cool concept if you ask me. It was fair to the workers, but this economic ethos also fueled the consumer marketplace. To achieve this end, Ford had, by 1914, had introduced assembly-line driven production with workers on a eight-hour day (for $5 a day) in a five-day work week.

Lots of cars were manufactured, so lots of people were making enough money to buy cars.

Why is the Model T on my mind at the moment? This week marks the anniversary of the week in 1915 when the one millionth Ford Model T left the assembly line. The exact anniversary date was December 10th.

The Model T remained in production through the 1927 model year, and in all, over 15 million units were produced. This is the car that started it all, but before you buy one under the assumption that you have found a rare old bird, remember these production numbers.

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