This car - even Tin Lizzy called - has contributed greatly during its construction period to mass motorization in USA. It was - the first car - produced in assembly line with fixed cycle times for the installation of individual components. While in Europe a few thousand vehicles crowed on the roads, it been millions in America very soon after the beginning of the 20th century. The Ford Model T was built between 1908-1928 in over 15 million copies, a record, that until much later stopped the VW Beetle. The price fell because of rising production numbers and more greater rationalization to about one-third. Due to the large demand, Ford could offer his workers almost double the salaries and the 40 hours per week in 1914, but prevented for very long time trade union activities.
A 2.9-liter four-cylinder delivers 15 kW (20 hp) at 1800 rpm and had almost 100 Nm of torque. Nearly 60 km/h was achieved, but with a fuel consumption of 12 litres/100 km and more. Foot and hand brake acted on the same axis, front drum brakes were not, what the car does not differ from competitors of that time. But since a car only with the rear axle slowed significantly better than a coach, this type of brake sufficed for a long time. First 1909 the four-wheel brake was invented. The Ford Model T did not get these brakes until the end of its production. 07/08