“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.”
– Henry Ford
“Automotive industry itself is not a disruptive technology, until the T-Model came…”
– English Wikipedia
Amongst the revolutions appeared in the 20th century. Henry Ford has brought about a massive innovation to the industry and the world itself, hailed as the factor of the modern world, behold, the Model T.
The Ford Model T, informally known as Tin Lizzie, or T, was an automobile model that was produced by Henry Ford Motor from late 1908s to Late 1927s. Known as the very first cheap, and affordable automobile. It is revolutionary that it brought about the power to travel for the middle-class Americans. One of the most hailed innovations during the creation of this model is the “assembly line”, which was also the mother idea of “Mass Production”. Consequently, the car was named as the most influential car of the 20th century (See Wikipedia for: car of the 20th century)
It was after the T Model that automobile and the industry itself became popular. Though the T Model did not create itself, there were first several prototypes of cars produced by Ford Company before the T model was there. Henry Ford himself started with the Model A, then the Model S, which was an upgraded version of the company’s success Model N, later Henry started all over again with the model A.
At that time, the model has already used advanced technologies into use. Such as the use of vanadium steel alloy, of which the sturdiness was phenomenal and their parts remain running in order for nearly a century. Henry Ford himself resisted changes- though he triumphed in the progression of the industrial triad; industry, mechanical, and materials engineering.
The T-Model itself is no longer manufactured, though a lot of parts of the model are still manufactured until today as replicas to maintain the existing T-Model today. And the legacy of the model that is the assembly line, remains a wonder for the industrial world until today.