The 15 millionth Ford Model T (and end of production)

Henry Ford and his son Edsel drove the 15 millionth Model T out of the Ford Highland Park, Michigan factory on this day in 1927, marking the last day of production for the T. The Model T, or “Tin Lizzie” as it was affectionately known, was first introduced in October 1908. It helped to introduce the automobile to the American masses as it was a relatively affordable, efficient and reliable vehicle. It initially sold for approximately $850, which is equivalent to about $20,000 today, but later, basic no-frills models would be priced at just $260 ($6,000 today), making them attainable for just about anyone with a steady job.The Model T had a greater impact on the American people more than any other car before or after. It was in large the reason the US government put so much money toward highway and roadway expansion in the 1920s, and as Ford himself said while delivering a eulogy for the car, “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.” Ford ended production of the Model T as they retooled the factories for its replacement, the Model A. Ford had hoped to continue producing the T during this time but a lack of demand put an to end production and left focus on the shift toward a more advanced, yet even more affordable vehicle. After the last Model T rolled off the assembly line Ford factories closed in early June leading to 60,000 layoffs. Ford sold less than 500,000 cars in 1927, less than half of Chevrolet’s sales. But when the Model A was introduced in December of that year it was welcomed with open arms, and open wallets, by thousands upon thousands of Americans.  PhotosHenry Ford and Edsel Ford drive out of the factory in the 15 millionth Model TThe Quadricycle, Ford’s first car he ever built, with the 15 millionth T. Charles Sorensen, a Ford engineer and principal, road in the back.The car now resides at the Henry Ford Museum

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