October 1, 1908 – Ford Model T goes into production/Buick joins GM

On this day in 1908 two important events happened in the American automobile market. One of them however would change the world. The first production Ford Model T rolled out of the Piquette Avenue plant in Detroit, Michigan, forever changing the automotive world. The secondary event that happened on this day in 1908, is that Buick became a part of the newly formed General Motors. The Ford Model T was an instant success. It’s incredible affordablity matched with its dependability resulted in a car for the masses. Between 1908 and 1927 Ford built more than 15 million Model T in one form or another, with the 15 millionth actually rolling off of the assembly line on the final day of production. It was the longest production run of any car ever produced until the Volkswagen Beetle set the record in 1972. Buick was one of America’s best selling automobiles when Durant acquired it for his new General Motors Corporation. GM was essentially a holding company that would acquire more than 20 different automobile brands over the next 20 years, allowing Durant a few other fellows to become widely rich. Durant was actually the general manager of Buick prior to him starting GM. Today GM is still the parent company of Buick, along with Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and several international brands including Opel and Vauxhall. 1908 Model T1908 Buick

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