October 7, 1913 – Model T chassis moving assembly line

The world changed forever today when Henry Ford’s Highland Park assembly plant switched on the continuously moving assembly line for the Model T chassis for the first time today in 1913. The design, which would permanently go into use on December 1 for the whole vehicle, cut assembly time of a Model T from 12 and half hours to just six. By the end of a the year refinements whittled that time down to just 93 minutes. When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908 he called it an automobile for the masses, however with a price tag of $850 it was still pretty far out of reach for most middle class Americans. The rapid increase in productivity allowed Ford to drastically lower the cost of the Model. By 1916 one could be had for just $360. At the height of manufacturing a new Model T rolled off the assembly line every 24 seconds and prices fell to below $300. Pics -1913 assembly line, public domainModel T assembly – courtesy corporate.ford(dot)com

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