Thursday, September 8, 2011
History of the Model T Ford. The car that really did change everything
Neither one of those things is true, of course, but why would anyone be expected to know or care about a rickety old car that went out of production 84-years ago? Well, we do lots of stories here about the history of certain makes and models of cars. But an overview of the Model T is more than just the history of another car. It is American history. It is world history. The Model T impacted us in ways that are still felt today.
The Model T was good because of its simplicity, but it took a surprising amount of sophistication to make it that simple. Today we get all gaga over high-tech materials like carbon fiber. In 1908, Henry Ford figured out that if he used more expensive, more durable steel on high wear parts, his cars would be more reliable. Ford observed that high-end European race cars used Vanadium steel for strength and weight savings. And he had the good sense to use it on high-stress points in his cars instead of cutting corners.
The slideshow below has a little bit of everything concerning Model T history. There are historic photos taken back when the Model T was new. There are more current photos from the Model T’s 100th anniversary celebration a couple of years ago. There are original advertisements, and photos of people using their Model T’s for work and recreation. It really is a fun slideshow to go through, and since the photos are from Ford’s media archives, you can bet that they’re nice quality too. Check it out!