Behold it is I, the one and only “Tin Lizzie”, the single most influential automobile in history. It was the year 1908 and Mr. Henry Ford and his automobile company had given birth to me and, if I do say so myself, I was quite the creation.
You see to the common working class American, an automobile was an unheard of luxury. Cars were still very scarce and expensive, thus making their adoptability limited, however I was able to change this the minute I rolled off the assembly line. Not only was I affordable to the average working class American, but I was reliable and easy to maintain. Mr. Ford developed the most crucial parts of my body out of a lightweight steel alloy known as Vanadium, which was important at the time because in 1908 there were only about 18,000 miles of paved roads in the U.S.!
Other Fun Facts:
- The selling price of the Model T dropped from $800 in 1908 to under $300 by 1925.
- Ford still hadn’t developed a logo, Henry Ford’s signature (pictured below) was placed on the front of the car.
- At first a choice of colors were available, but from 1913-1925 the car was mass-produced in only black.
- The engine generated 20 horsepower and propelled the car to a top speed of 40–45 miles per hour.
- The Ford Model T was named the most influential car of the 20th century in the 1999 “Car of the Century” competition and still makes top ten list of most sold cars (ranked 8th) as of 2012.