Ford Model T

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Henry Ford arguably made the greatest contribution to motoring with his Model T, perhaps the most influential motor car of the 20th century. Manufactured to be affordable for the middle class, over 16 million Model Ts were built between October 1908 and May 1927, a record only surpassed by Volkswagen's Beetle. Ford revolutionized the automotive industry by introducing mass production techniques, including moving assembly lines and just-in-time parts delivery. He is famously quoted as saying, "You can have it in any color as long as it's black," because black paint dried the fastest at that time.

In England, the Model T was assembled at a factory based in Trafford Park, Manchester. This particular van variant, with its eye-catching livery, was used in Blackpool for many years.

Key Facts
Year of manufacture1920
Engine2900cc 4 cylinder
0-50 mph performanceN/A 45mph top speed!
Location in museumMain Hall

Interesting Fact

At the design stage, Henry Ford declared: "I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces."


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