Born: 1908, U.S.A.
Designers: Childe Harold Wills, Joseph A. Galamb and Eugene Farkas
Context: The dawn of the 20th century
In a few words: The first “people’s car”
Transformational Value: Brought the automobile to the masses and revolutionized automobile manufacturing
Story: Named “Car of the Century” by a panel of international journalists, the Ford Model T was built to the tune of more than 15 million units during its 19-year production run. The Model T is a true phenomenon not only for having “put America on wheels” but also for being at the heart of the Henry Ford’s brilliant invention: the production line, one of the most important innovations of the industrialized world. One of the secrets of this success is the Model T’s ability to satisfy the requirements of its time: lightweight, durable, with good performance, easy to handle and to drive, and mechanically very simple. Its other secret: Henry Ford’s insistence on reducing the cost of production so that “each worker at Ford would be able to afford a Model T”. Priced at $850 in 1908, the Model T ended its illustrious career in at a price of $260!
Wheelbase / Length: 254 cm / 544 kg
Rear-wheel drive, 4 cyl. 2.6 L, 20 hp, 2-speed, 68 km/h
Owner: Richard Coulombe