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Ford Model T Roadster, 1926

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Ford Model T Roadster, 1926
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Jeff Tinsley, Negative #: 2003-32651

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Technology
Smithsonian Automobile Collection — Car collection, 1920-1929

Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Fixing Cars

OTHER VIEWS
Ford Model T Roadster, from the rear
Ford Model T Roadster, from the rear


Ford Model T driver’s seat view, 1917
Ford Model T driver’s seat view, 1917

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Ford Model T roadster
Catalog #: 333777, Accession #: 305326
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This 1926 Ford Model T Roadster has serial number 14,125,605. Ford Motor Company' ceased production of the Model T in 1927, and the last one was number 15,007,033. Ford's massive plants in suburban Detroit-the Highland Park and River Rouge facilities-began to mass produce cars on moving assembly lines in the 1910s. Contrary to popular myth, not all Model T's were alike: although the car was mass produced, consumers could choose between a number of different styles in any given year of production.
Physical Description
artifact. 12' L x 5'6" W x 5'10" H, black, convertible
Details
Date Made:
1925-26
Dates Used:
1908 - 1927
Locations:
Michigan
Credit:
Gift of John T. Sickler
History
The Henry Ford Motor Company helped transform the nascent auto industry by changing the ways cars were built. In the early years of American automobile production, hundreds of companys made small numbers of cars. Prices were high, and the volume of cars produced by each company was small. When the Henry Ford Motor Company began using a moving assembly line in parts of the Highland Park factory in 1913, the company started to streamline the production process, and helped make the auto industry into a mass production industrial behemoth. The prices of automobiles fell dramatically, making them more affordable. In 1900, there were about 8,000 cars in the United States. By 1920, that number had risen to 8 million.
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Manufacturer
Henry Ford Motor Company

Donor
John T. Sickler

place of manufacture
Detroit, Michigan
Ford's massive plants in suburban Detroit—the Highland Park and River Rouge facilities—mass produced over 15 million model t's before production ceased in 1927


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