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Henry Ford & Model T

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 Henry Ford-Model T

Before he found his ‘perfect’ automobile with Model T in 1908, Henry Ford had been working with 19 prototypes (Models A-T) for five years. Model T marked the beginning of affordable automobiles ushering in the new era of fast living. Its original price [US$850/£180; inflation adjusted: $20.3 thousand] was half or a third of other marketed cars’ prices, and this price would continue to drop to $300 by the 1920s. Simultaneously built, mass-produced and marketed in many countries, the car was also the first international car. 

The car was so successful that Ford decided to rename his follow-up car  Model U to ‘Ford Model A’, to start things anew.  

In the above picture from Henry Ford Museum, the car entrepreneur of the century poses with a Model T in Buffalo, New York in 1921. In that year alone, about one million Model T’s rolled out of his assembly lines. 

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

May 2, 2009 at 2:10 am

Posted in Industries, Society

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  1. Hello,

    I am a research assistant with the Canada Science and Technology Museum and we are interested in using this photograph (of Henry Ford with his model T) in a virtual exhibit that we are developing.

    I wanted to inquire about the source and copyright of the image.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

    Thank you,

    Michael Gagne

    August 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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