Ford Model T 1908-27

Nothing put Ford on the map like the Model T. It was an automobile produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from 1908 through 1927 and was immediately taken up as a very popular vehicle. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile; the Model T was going to allow all families to own a car. This was otherwise put as being the car that 'put America on wheels'. Ford is due a significant amount of credit for making this happen, and they could not have done it without being innovative and proactive. The Model T was so inexpensive in comparison to other vehicles because of Ford's use of assembly line production instead of individual handcrafting. Of course, this does bring to question whether quality was lost as well. However, on the positive side, they introduced a concept of paying the workers a wage proportionate to the cost of the car, thus providing a ready-made market. The first production Model T was historically built on September 27, 1908, at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. The Model T came valiantly first in the international poll for the award of the world's most influential car of the twentieth century. It was designed by Childe Harold Wills and two Hungarian immigrants named Joseph A. Galamb and Eugene Farkas. Also due credit are Harry Love, C. J. Smith, Gus Degner and Peter E. Martin who were also part of the team. For some trivia, in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, which was inspired by the Ford Model T, the letter 'T' is used as a symbol of the modern times. This seems quite appropriate given that the prevalence of the automobile is still very much felt today. In fact, the world has become addicted to automobile travel, and in reality, could not with the technology in place today function without automobiles.