Episode 88: Ford Model T

"1910Ford-T" by Harry Shipler - http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/USHS_Shipler&CISOPTR=2629&CISOBOX=1&REC=2. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1910Ford-T.jpg#/media/File:1910Ford-T.jpg

A 1910 Ford Model T.  (Photo by Harry Shipler via Wikimedia Commons)

On May 27, 1927, the last Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line in Highland Park, Michigan.

Here are some things you may not know about the Model T.

First: It debuted in 1908, but it wasn’t the first car built on modern assembly line. That honor goes to the Oldsmobile Curved Dash in 1901. Henry Ford didn’t begin using his conveyer-belt style assembly line on the Model T until 1913.

Second: The price for a Model T Runabout in the first year of production was $825 (worth roughly $22,000 today). Eventually the price dropped to just $260 by 1925, which would be about $3,500 today.

Third: Henry Ford was famous for saying, “Any customer can have a car painted any color he wants so long as it’s black,” however this wasn’t always the case. The Model T was available in gray, blue, green and red. By 1912 it was only available in midnight blue. Between 1914 and 1927, black was the only option.

Our question: What was the name of the model that replaced the Model T?

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