On this day, May 26, 1927 the last model T rolled out of the Ford factory. The iconic car became the first affordable vehicle due to the ingenuity of Henry Ford, who created the assembly line, making building these cars, super fast. Usually the construction of one car took up to 12 hours, but with the assembly line it took an hour and a half!
The Model T, also nicknamed, Tin Lizzie, was introduced to the world in 1908, she weighed 1,200 pounds and could reach speeds up to 45 mph! Originally her price was $850, which would be $20,000 in todays value. But due to fast production Henry Ford was able to bring the cost down to $260, that's $6000 today! People were able to hit the road and explore places they would never normally visit. Scoot over dirty carriage roads, the creation of paved roads and highways became the main line to travel on.
Competition for affordable vehicles hit Tin Lizzy hard, and after 19 years, Henry Ford had to say goodbye to his Model T.
“It had stamina and power. It was the car that ran before there were good roads to run on. It broke down the barriers of distance in rural sections, brought people of these sections closer together and placed education within the reach of everyone.” - Henry Ford