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1. He Did Not Invent the Modern Car
Despite popular belief, Henry Ford didn’t invent cars with his famous Model T; he just made them affordable and could keep up with the demand thanks to mass production. That is still a significant part of the Ford identity, and many dealerships offer financing options to continue to make cars accessible.
2. ‘Fordlandia’ Was an Actual Thing
Soon after he found success with the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford purchased land in the middle of the Amazon. The purpose was to build a city called ‘Fordlandia’ that would be known for providing manufacturers with rubber. However, Fordlandia never became a reality and the land remains vacant.
3. He Wanted World Peace
Most people want world peace, but Henry Ford went after it. In 1915 he began a journey to Europe by sea on a peace mission. The media did not support the idea and called it the “Ship of Fools.”
The Triumph of Henry Ford
As the "father of mass production," Henry Ford may always be known for creating the first affordable automobile. Thanks to his creative ideas, today his company is an innovative powerhouse of the automotive industry—one that continues to push boundaries and re-invent the wheel.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The lineup found at a modern Ford dealer owes everything to the original Model T, America's own "Tin Lizzie." Its high production rate meant that affordable car ownership became possible for generations of Americans.
How and Where Was It Made?
Henry Ford's game-changing assembly line concept made making the Model T a rapid process. Between 1908 and 1927, plants turned out more than 15 million Model T's in Detroit and Highland Park, Michigan as well as in Manchester, England and other parts of Europe.
What Made the Model T So Special?
Ford wanted the car to be affordable and a practical method of transportation. The Model T was also durable, versatile, and easy to maintain. While, for the first few years, Model T's were only available in black, more colors were added later.
The "Tin Lizzie" could reach speeds of around 40–45 miles per hour and had a 20 horsepower engine. The 10-gallon fuel tank could be found under the front seat. Since it relied on gravity to reach the engine, the Model T often had to tackle steep inclines backward.
Ask any Ford dealer—they will say the Model T was a major milestone in American auto history.