If you think there are 57 states in the union, listen up – this one’s for you: Ford didn’t invent the automobile. Ford didn’t invent the assembly line. And the Model T came in other colors than black. Any other questions?
But the Model T was the first American automobile that became a populist symbol, literally putting America on wheels. Milestone after production milestone was recorded by Ford. The Jalopy Journal recently featured a few of the historic milestones.
The Model T debuted in the 1908, and by 1915 the Ford Motor Company had built its first million. In 1921, five million had been built. Would you believe, three years later, another five million were built?
Fifteen million were built by 1927, and after Model A debuted at the end of the year, it was another 14 months until Ford produced the millionth example. The 20-millionth Ford since the Model T was produced in 1931, the last year for the Model A.
Just like the Dot.com powerhouses we have today, Ford was a juggernaut in its time. Here’s photos of a few of the milestones before they were turned into T-buckets.