On October 1 1908 the infant Ford Motor Co., which had been established a brief five years before, announced
its newest entry into the growing automobile market. It was named the Model T. When production of this car stoped in May 1927,
a virtually unbroken line of over 15 million Model T Fords had been produced. All Model T Fords were not alike, dispite the
famous quote,"You could have any color as long as it was black", they were available in other colors.
changes made in the Model T between 1909 and 1927 were incomprehensible in number. Dispite this all of the basic and critical
parts of the car were interchangeable from one model year to another. The Model T was a basic car that most families could
afford to own.
The end of the Model T era came to an end in 1927. It is generally accepted that never before, and not
likely ever again, will any product made by a manufacturer have the impact on our way of living as did the Model T Ford.
There were more Model T Fords on the road in 1927 than all other makes of cars combined. But the same year saw the end of
the line for the "Tin Lizzie". Sales of the Model T's had been falling fast. Henry Ford had stubbornly resisted
alterations to his 1908 invention and by 1927 the car looked outdated compared to new models being offered by rival manufactures
such as General Motors. Finally, in 1927 admitting a need for change, Ford shut down the Model T line. As the last one numbered
15,007,003 came off the line, Ford and his son, Edsel, climbed into it and drove home in the cold and rain.