This Day in History – August 12th, 1908

Although it was not the first car to be designed by Henry Ford, the Model T (also known as the Tin Lizzie) is certainly his most famous. It was produced to be affordable to the middle class and upper working class of America . . . mass produced, mass marketed, and massive profits.

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It was on August 12th, 1908 that the very first Model T was constructed at at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan, and 19 years later 0n May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth and last Model T Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan.

Ford is famously known for saying “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black,” but the truth is that the Model T was not actually available in black until after 1913. In its first five years, the Model T came in grey, green, blue, and red. The “paint it black” policy began in 1914 due to the fact that black paint was cheaper and more durable.

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