“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.