Henry Ford and his Model T

Henry Ford’s Model T

- Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie and Flivver) is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from 1908 through 1927 (15 million times)
- Henry Ford did not invent the car; he produced an automobile that was within the economic reach of the average American
- 1908 as the historic year ->the automobile came into popular usage
- Model T is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that "put America on wheels" (some of this was because of Ford's innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting, as well as the concept of paying the workers a wage proportionate to the cost of the car, so that they would provide a ready made market)
- first production Model T was built on September 27, 1908, in Detroit, Michigan

- There were several cars produced or prototyped by Henry Ford from the founding of the company in 1903 until the Model T came along

- Ford Model T was named the world's most influential car of the twentieth century in an international poll

- -> Ford as the embodiment of the American dream
- no other individual in this century transformed the nation's way of life so completely
- transformed the automobile itself from a luxury to a necessity


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