Birth Of Model T
The Beginning Of Model T
Henry Ford had the desire to make the automobile world more democratic. As such, he was passionate about making cars accessible to everyone and not just the rich. Before then, the norm was that the rich had exclusive access to the best cars.
He wanted to change this narrative, so he created the Model T, which took the entire world by surprise and doubled as one of the remarkable inventions of the industrial revolution era.
Within the years between 1908 and 1925, over 15 million of this model was made and sold in different places across the world. This was a remarkable moment because car making was just getting started by the period.
To make this a reality, Ford had to build a big factory designed mainly for this purpose. This allowed him to establish the adequate production lines necessary to get things started and set them up for the car’s purpose.
He continually developed these production lines and made them more efficient over time. This model wasn’t designed with fancy adornments, as one would find with fancy and expensive cars. The models were designed with top steel that made them highly durable and functional at the same time.
Although the steel used was durable, it was still light and made the car highly convenient to use. The models made at the early stage came in different colours. However, from 1914, the only colour that was available was black.
Model Ts entered Australia by 1908 and it quickly rose to relevance within a short period. Local dealers assembled the kit, particularly rich motorists including tradesmen and farmers.
What gave the car an edge was that it proved to be more efficient and super durable than horses. There was a lot that could be done with the car without having to do much, unlike horses where you have to actively ride.
The car’s efficiency helped many people get across their businesses, trade, and daily activities. Also, it made for comfort. Being a car, there were proper seats that made for convenience all through a journey. Also, the car was designed to travel fast, so it could move faster and farther beyond the traditional means of transportation.
When the car came into Australia, many people didn’t have the required knowledge about cars. As such, there were cases of spending much time solving little issues. Many people spent days kick-starting a car only to find out there isn’t fuel in the tank.
Some others would find themselves using a particular gear without knowing how to change to another. There were several other cases that could have been addressed through sufficient basics on cars.
Also, petrol was an issue. There was a scarcity of petrol. Also, it was costly, and this was a hindrance for many motorists. Also, cars could breakdown, yet there weren’t mechanics to address car issues. The handbooks that came with the cars weren’t sufficient to solve all the problems. These were some of the problems that characterised the period.