Wednesday, August 1, 2007


Contrary to what many believe Henry Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line but his Model T did transform the World. Prior to its introduction in 1909, motorcars were for the most part playthings of the rich. President Wilson once stated that nothing had done more to create division between the classes in America than had the automobile. By 1914, with 300 auto manufacturers doing business, Ford was producing more cars than the other 299 combined. When the "T" ended production in 1927, the Ford Motor Company was finishing the building of a car every 24 seconds.

Robert and Helen Furnas stand on the running board of their Uncle Charlie's Model T.

If Ford ever said "you can have any color you want as long as it's black" is unknown. However not all Model Ts were black, in fact black wasn’t even available during the first year of production when the model selected determined the color, touring cars for example were red. After 1913 all Model Ts were painted black until 1926 when, due to declining sales, other colors were once again made available. RMB

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