Fact File about the Invention of the Model T: Invention: Model T *** Date of Invention: 1908 *** Name of Inventor: Henry Ford *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1863 - 1947 *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Second US Industrial Revolution / Victorian (1850 - 1914) *** Category: Transportation *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, Henry Ford, and the invention of the Model T ***
Fact 1: Who invented the Model T? The Model T was invented by Henry Ford in 1908 during the Second US Industrial Revolution era of inventions (1850 - 1914).
Fact 2: Who invented the Model T? Prior to the invention of the Model T
in 1908, the first gasoline car was invented by Karl Benz
in 1886. The prices of the very first automobiles were expensive but the
introduction of the Ford Model T made cars affordable and accessible to many
Fact 3: Who invented the Model T? The inventor of the Model T, Henry Ford, was born on July 30, 1863 in Dearborn, Michigan, United States and died on April 7, 1947.
Fact 4: Who invented the Model T? The early years of Henry Ford were spent in
Dearborn farm in Greenfield Township, Wayne County, Michigan, United States where he was raised by his family.
Fact 6: Who invented the Model T? His parents were William Ford, who was
born in Ireland, and Mary Litogot, an American. Henry Ford was the eldest of six
children and was educated at local schools and showed a flair and interest in
machinery, mechanics and engineering.
Fact 7: Who invented the Model T? Following his education his first job was
in 1879 as an apprentice machinist at the James F. Flower & Bros shipbuilding
firm in Detroit. He completed his apprenticeship with the Detroit Dry Dock
Company and in 1882 returned to the family farm and took a course to study
bookkeeping at Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton Business College in Detroit.
Fact 8: Who invented the Model T? Henry Ford's passion for machinery
helped on the family farm as he took charge of the Westinghouse Farm engine, a
portable steam engine, hauled by horses, that became popular on farms during the
transition from horses to machinery. Henry Ford soon became an expert on the
Westinghouse Farm engine and was hired by the Westinghouse Company as a mechanic
to demonstrate and service and their engines.
Fact 9: Who invented the Model T? Henry Ford lived in an exciting time,
known as the Second US Industrial Revolution. He was inspired when Thomas
Alva Edison (1847 - 1931) invented the first practical incandescent light bulb
in 1879 and the country was about to undergo a massive change due to the
invention of electricity. Even more amazing was
when, in 1886, the first gasoline car was invented by Karl Benz
Fact 10: Who invented the Model T? In 1888, Henry Ford married Clara Ala
Bryant and briefly returned to farming to support his wife and son, Edsel Bryant
Fact 11: Who invented the Model T? In 1891 the Henry Ford moved his
family back to Detroit so that he could learn more about electricity by working
at the Edison Illuminating Company.
Fact 12: Who invented the Model T? During this time Henry Ford learnt as
much as he could about the newly invented automobiles and In 1896 he built his
first car, that he called "Quadricycle". The Quadricycle was a 'horseless
carriage' using a simple frame, four bicycle wheels, steered by a tiller, with a
4 horsepower, 2 cylinder, ethanol-powered engine.
Fact 13: Who invented the Model T? Henry Ford sold his first Quadricycle
for $200 in 1896 to his friend Charles Ainsley. The Quadricycle became a
commercial success and led to Henry Ford founding the Ford Motor Company in 1903
and began the manufacture of the Model T automobile.
Fact 14: Who invented the Model T? The Ford Model A, right red, 2-seat
runabout also known as the Fordmobile, was the first car produced by company.
The company manufactured 1,750 cars but it was more expensive than its main
competitor, the Oldsmobile, which was produced by the Olds Motor Vehicle Co.
founded by Ransom E. Olds.
Fact 15: Who invented the Model T? Henry Ford steered the company with
new ideas and began improving the Ford Model A. Many new models were designed
and manufactured up to the Model S. The first Model T automobiles were
produced on October 1, 1908.
Fact 16: Who invented the Model T? The light, fast, and strong original
Model T automobiles were made of Vanadium steel, had 9 different body styles and
came in 4 colors; grey, green, blue, and red - not black. The Ford Model T car
was designed to appeal to the masses and the first selling price was $825. The
Ford Model T car became commonly known as the "Tin Lizzie", the word 'Lizzie'
was a slang word of the period used to describe a reliable servant.
Fact 17: Who invented the Model T? The Model T cars were easy to operate
and drive, inexpensive to repair and the engine was capable of running on
gasoline, kerosene, or ethanol. The Ford Model T became so popular that it was
selling faster than the company could make them. Henry Ford began searching for
ways to speed up the manufacturing process of the car and came to the decision
that the Assembly Line technique, invented by
his old competitor Ransom E. Olds, was the way forward.
Fact 18: Who invented the Model T? Henry Ford improved the ideas pionered
by Ransom E. Olds by installing conveyor belts on the Ford Assembly Line. The
moving platforms of the Ford conveyor system enabled the chassis of the Model T
automobile to be towed by a rope that moved it from station to station in order
to allow workers to assemble each part.
Fact 19: Who invented the Model T? Henry Ford introduced the assembly
line method in 1914 which reduced the production time of a Model T car from 12
hours 8 minutes to just 1 hour 33 minutes. He also slashed the prices of his
Model T cars to just $260.
Fact 20: Who invented the Model T? The Ford Assembly Line technique
enabled Henry Ford to cut prices of the Model T, but another reason for the
price reduction was by using black paint.
Fact 21: Who invented the Model T? The black paint color used on the
Model T was the most durable and also dried the fastest, speeding up production.
Henry Ford's most famous quote was "Any customer can have a car painted any
color that he wants - so long as it is black!"
Fact 22: Who invented the Model T? By 1918 over 50% of all the cars sold
in the United States were Ford Model T cars. Ford offered nine Model T body
style designs consisting of the Model T roadster, the Model T runabout, the
Model T touring car, the Model T roadster torpedo, the Model T town car, the
Model T coupe, the coupelet, and the 4-door and tudor sedans.
Fact 23: Who invented the Model T? Henry Ford and his Model T car
together with the cost efficient assembly line, car ownership, and the freedom
it offered, affordable to many Americans in the 1920's.
Fact 24: Who invented the Model T? Henry Ford died on April 7, 1947 of a
cerebral haemorrhage. He will always be remembered as the innovative businessman
who revolutionized American society with his invention of the Model T