The Ford Model T was a middle-class economy car produced as sold by the Ford Motor Company. One of Ford’s earliest models, the Model T was priced extremely competitively due to assembly-line construction. This helped it surge in popularity and allowed it to become one of the best-selling cars of all time. Today, it is still regarded as one of the most iconic models of the Ford catalog and American automotive history.
Known by many affectionate names from automotive enthusiasts and fans, such as Leaping Lena and Tin Lizzie, the Ford Model T was introduced in 1908. Before the Model T, most automobiles in the relatively new industry were expensive and unreliable, making vehicle ownership a rarity. However, the Model T was mass-produced and marketed as reliable, affordable, and easy to maintain with interchangeable parts, making it an incredible success. Upon its discontinuation, the Model T had sold over 15 million units.
During its production run from 1908 to 1927, the Ford Model T practically obliterated all of its competition, which included the Buick Model 10, the Flanders 20, the Maxwell Model Q, the Overland Model 46, and the Reo Model H.
- 1927 Ford Model T (Starting MSRP $360 (Roughly $)
- Pros: The Ford Model T is an icon of the industry, arguably America’s most important car, and is sought after by numerous collectors. It became famous during its original run for being one of the first affordable vehicle options due to assembly line production, making it many families’ first-ever automobile.
- Cons: Compared to the modern standards of the automotive industry, the Model T has poor handling, reliability, safety, and a lack of performance with only 20 horsepower, so it’s far more fun to look at than to ride in.
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