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100th Anniversary of Ford Model T, a Historical Icon

Ford Model T Facts

October 1, 1908 marks the anniversary of the first Model T built for sale.

The Model T was the first low-priced, mass-produced automobile with standard, interchangeable parts.

The Model T was equipped with a 20-horsepower, four-cylinder engine with a top speed of about 45 miles per hour, weighed 1,200 pounds, and achieved 13-21 miles per gallon.

The moving assembly line for the Model T revolutionized manufacturing in 1913.

More than 15 Million Ford Model Ts had been sold by May 26, 1927, when a ceremony marked the formal end of Model T production.

Henry Ford called the Model T “the universal car,” a low-cost, reliable vehicle that could be maintained easily and could successfully travel the poor roads of the era.

On Dec. 18, 1999, the Ford Model T was named “Car of the Century” by a panel of 133 automotive journalists and experts who began with a list of 700 candidates in 1996 and sequentially narrowed the nominees through seven rounds of balloting over three years.

1914 Ford Model T