Most Wanted Classic Cars: Ford Model T (Part 2)

Posted by Steve White on Nov 09, 2012

Presently, Ford Model Ts are divided into two classes, namely, pre-1919 and post-1919 models. The pre-1919 models are referred to as veteran cars, while the post-1919 ones are called vintage cars. Throughout its production life, the Model T was available in a wide range of body styles. The open touring models and roadsters were manufactured in greater numbers because they were less costly to produce.

By the end of 1912, Ford had manufactured and sold almost 160,000 units of Model T, and it became the largest auto manufacturer in the US. Sales continued to climb in 1913, reaching close to 200,000. In the same year, Ford had completed its well-known moving assembly line, which would greatly reduce the time needed to assemble its vehicles. To further speed up production, it decided to offer the Model T in only one color, which was black. The reason for this was because the black paint of that time was much faster-drying than other colors.

The Model T sold more than 2 million units in 1924, but sales started to dip dramatically in the next two years. Ford decided to cease production of the car in 1927, and it began to make preparations for the production of the Model A. Over 15 million units of Ford Model T were built between 1907 and 1927.

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