Ford’s Model T: The Car That Started It All

August 17th, 2018 by

Rear of the Ford Model T driving on a paved road

Walk on to any Ford dealership today and you’re going to be struck by the sheer amount of choice you have. In fact, you don’t even get to choose just between a car and truck anymore – now you have to make a decision between a sedan, SUV, crossover, truck, van – heck, you can even decide if you want your car to run off of diesel, gas or even just a battery. And it’s not all over after you choose the make of your vehicle; if anything, that’s when the real fun starts as you start to narrow down your options for what type of model you want from that manufacturer, which of course leads to having to choose the trim of that model. Are you going with the base-level trim, the top-of-the-line trim, or one of the trims in between? Will you be adding advanced safety features and packages to your vehicle? And of course, what color would you like your automobile to be – don’t forget, you’ll probably have to choose between at least five exterior paint options!

When you lay it all out like that, it’s almost impossible not to wonder, “wouldn’t it just be easier if there was just one option?” Well, sure, it might be… but don’t forget, for a long time, there really was only once choice of Ford – the groundbreaking Ford Model T. The Ford Model T revolutionized the automobile industry, thanks in large part to two factors:

The Ford Model T was affordable. In a time when many of the cars on the road were simply seen as novelties and play toys of the very wealthy, Henry Ford realized that in order to be successful, he needed to create a vehicle that was not just affordable to purchase, but also affordable to maintain. It’s hard to imagine, but when the Ford Model  T was introduced, only about 18,000 miles of paved road existed in the United States. To put that in perspective, the United States now currently has over 4.12 million miles of paved roads. That means that in 1908 when the Model T was introduced, drivers had to contend with some harsh road conditions – way worse than the potholes we complain about today. To get out ahead of this issue, Henry Ford “used light and strong vanadium steel alloy for critical parts.” This use of robust and easy-to-maintain materials meant that many more people were interested and able to purchase an automobile – and actually use them for the purpose for which they were intended, not just for bragging rights.

The Ford Model T was produced on an assembly line. In today’s world of mass production, 3D printing and Artificial Intelligence, it seems impossible to consider that an assembly line was a ground-breaking innovation, but in 1913 it certainly was. In fact, the design of the Model T’s assembly line was so efficient that it “eventually reduced the Model T’s chassis assembly time from 12.5 to 1.5 hours,” according to Ford’s official corporate timeline. Not only did this increase in speed mean that many more Model T’s could be produced, but it also meant that cost of each vehicle decreased significantly, making the already-most affordable vehicle in the nation even more so.

The Model T dominated the market until the mid-1920’s after which competition started to impeded sales, leading to the creation of the next generation of Ford automobiles, the Ford Model A, which debuted in 1928. Innovation continued leading to today’s current inventory, which is made up of a stunning and varied array of cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and even concept vehicles.


Car Shopping Today: More Choices To Fit Your Lifestyle

Of course, shoppers today aren’t just limited to new inventory either. Many dealerships, including DePaula Ford, also offer an impressive inventory of pre-owned vehicles, many of which are still in top-notch shape. Today it’s just not as easy as choosing the one car on the market, but it is as easy as working with a dedicated and educated member of our sales team to narrow down which automobile is right for you. Our sales team is eager to help get you into the perfect make and model – be it an old-school (although not quite Model-T old school) used sedan, a gently pre-owned family SUV, or a brand new, fresh-off-the-lot truck. Our team will also help you choose between different trim types and any package options that you may be interested in purchasing. After all, with the abundance of safety technology that’s available today, it’s never a bad idea to explore adding in an additional advanced safety feature or two.


Car Financing Today: More Options to Fit Your Budget

We’d be remiss if we didn’t touch on another thing that’s changed since the days of the Model T, and that’s financing. While cold, hard cash used to be the only way to purchase a vehicle, times have changed and so has the way that we finance cars. In fact, there are so many ways to structure a finance plan that will work for you, at DePaula Ford we have a whole team on hand ready and able to help you map out the best payment plan. No longer do you have to agree to purchase your car fully either, thanks to the advent of car leasing in the 1950s. In these modern times of job hopping, relocation and growing family units, leasing your car can actually be the wiser choice for many of our customers. No matter if you want to buy, lease or if you are unsure of which choice is right for you, the DePaula finance team will work with you to choose the payment plan that will get you into a car you love, for a price you can afford.


Visit DePaula Ford Today!

While things certainly do change over time, at DePaula Ford, our commitment to providing our customers with impeccable and friendly service is unwavering. We are proud to serve our customers in Albany and the surrounding areas, and we look forward to continuing Ford’s tradition of offering affordable and reliable vehicles for years to come.

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