’15 Millionth Ford Model T’ series continues with Part 2

Presented by the Historic Vehicle association, the second chapter of the multipart series examines the impact of the affordable car on early 20th Century society

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  “It changed America almost overnight,” according to the second part of the Historic Vehicle Association’s video series, The 15 Millionth Ford Model T, that shows how the sturdy, lightweight and, most of all, affordable car took the country by storm.

The Model T was the right vehicle at the right time, opening the country to traveling greater distances, simple to learn to drive, designed to handle the terrible unpaved roads of the day and easily repaired when something went wrong.

The little car becomes enormously popular and sells by the millions, so that Henry Ford must ramp up production to meet demand.

“By the 1920s, basically everyone who wanted a car had one,” the video says.

Next up is chapter 3 in the series titled “Unintended Consequences” that looks into how profoundly the Model T changed society, and brought with it a new set of issues. In case you missed chapter 1, here is the link.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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  1. During the mid-1920’s the Ford Model T had over 50% of the American automotive market share. That means you take the rest of the industry, put it all together, and Henry was still producing higher numbers. But, the industry was ever advancing and Henry was resting on his laurels. While the new Model A for 1928 was leaps and bounds ahead of the Model T, and most of the competition, the next year Chevrolet had its famous ‘Stove Bolt” six, and Henry Ford was left to do another round of catch-up. Great piece.

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