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October 1, 1908 – The first Model T leaves the assembly line
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October 1, 1908 – The first Model T leaves the assembly line

An automobile revolution began on this day in 1908 when the first Ford Model T left Ford's Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. Model T assembly line in 1913 The Ford Model T was an instant success. It’s affordability and rugged dependability resulted in a car fit for the masses. Between 1908 and 1927 Ford built more than 15 million Model T in one form or another. It was the longest production run of any car until the Volkswagen Beetle beat the record in 1972. Model T factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina The Ford Model T became a global vehicles within years of starting production. Aside from being produced in numerous locations around the US, Model Ts were assembled in countries including Canada, England, Germany, Argentina, France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Brazil, M...
September 16, 1908 – The birth of General Motors
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September 16, 1908 – The birth of General Motors

Buick Motor Car company owner William C. Durant leveraged an engine supply deal with McLaughlin Motor Car Company of Canada to found General Motors on this day in 1908. In the beginning, the Detroit headquartered GM , which positioned it self as an automotive holding company, had only Buick, under its umbrella. Within a decade it would acquire more than twenty companies. Above: A woman driving a 1910 Buick. Top: William Durant with Chevrolet 490 Durant would acquire Oldsmobile later in 1908, bringing GM’s holdings to two. The next year, GM purchased Cadillac, Cartercar, Elmore, Ewing, Oakland, Reliance Motor Truck Company and Rapid Motor Vehicle Company. The latter two being the predecessors to GMC. That same year, Durant initiated an attempt to purchase Ford Motor Company for...
August 12, 1908 – The first Model T is produced
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August 12, 1908 – The first Model T is produced

On this day in 1908 the first Ford Model T came together at the Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan. It would officially leave the factory on September 27 and be introduced to the masses on October 1, starting an automotive revolution that would last for decades. The Model T was Ford’s massively successful attempt at producing at an affordable automobile that could be acquired and operated by just about anyone. Henry Ford said of the vehicle, “I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary wi...

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