That Classic Cool Feature – The Car itself
Before Henry Ford rolled the Model T out to the masses, the idea of the car was little more than that to most people: an idea. People understood there was such a thing as a carriage that didn’t need horses to make it move, but it was still largely an alien concept and the preserve of the rich. But soon, thanks to Henry Ford adopting and perfecting the assembly-line idea pioneered by Oldsmobile – and thus squashing manufacturing costs – the car became something within reach of the common man.
Why is it special?
The Ford Model T is possibly the most important vehicle ever made, because it solidified the car as a part of modern culture. It democratised transport, allowing anyone who could afford it the opportunity to go wherever the roads would take them. But aside from making mass transport an affordable commodity, the Model T was important in its own right, because it also simplified cars mechanically. Henry Ford designed the car to be maintained by its owner, which increased desirability, but he also made it durable enough that it could travel anywhere. Believe it or not, the Model T was pretty capable off-road.
Can you get it today?
Despite launching back in 1908, the Model T is still one of the top 10 best-selling cars of time, with 16.5 million examples sold. Fortunately, that sheer volume means it’s not impossible to find one at a reasonable price, around R160 000, say. Finding one in working order, though, could prove more challenging. After all, they are more than 100 years old.