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Do you recognize the gentleman on the right? His name was Henry Ford. Wall Street historians consider him an American captain of industry and a business magnate, one who founded the Ford Motor Company and advanced the assembly line technique of automotive production.
His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As the owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world.
It was he who persuaded Americans to abandon their horses and buggies out in stable and upgrade to his Model T, which was introduced on October 1, 1908. It had the steering wheel on the left, which every other company soon copied. The entire engine and transmission were enclosed. The four cylinders were cast in a solid block and the suspension used two semi-elliptic springs.
The car was very simple to drive, and easy and cheap to repair. It was so cheap at $825 in 1908 that by the late 1920’s, a majority of American drivers had learned to drive on the nation’s newly built US Highways.
We invite our readers to join us on a absentee transcontinental journey, one which we had long planned but were unable to take because my transplanted kidney, suddenly failed and I am presently on home dialysis and forever connected to a mechanical contraption using plastic tubing.
Intro video is courtesy of Asleep At The Wheel and all photographs are public domain and courtesy of Yahoo.