This Day in History – October 1

What major car was revealed by FORD?

On October 1, 1908, the first production Model T Ford is 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.

 Before the model T, cars were just a luxury item that the rich people had. At the beginning of 1908 there were just about 200,000 cars on the road. The Model was expensive at first (it was originally $825 back then, but now that’s about $18,000 today).It was built for the ordinary person to drive everyday. The model T had 22 horsepower, four-cylinder engine and was made up of new heat-treated steel. Though it weighed only 1200 pounds it was stronger than the previous generation of cars.  It could go as fast as 40 mph and could run on gasoline or hemp based fuel. No car at that time under 2,000 could do more.  Ford was able to keep his prices so low by sticking to a single product, making only one model, but by 1914 with the moving assembly line Ford could now make thousands of cars every week and by 1924, at the River Rouge Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan could make more than 10,000 Model T cars a day.

What car is your favorite?

Senior Staff Writer

Pennie Hull

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