Lead: Despite its reputation and popularity Henry Ford's Model T was obsolete almost before it went into mass production.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Without a doubt, the Model T Ford was a triumph of industrial engineering and commercial marketing. Through extensive use of light alloy steel and mass production, Ford brought the automobile within the reach of middle class American homes and farms. From its introduction in the fall of 1908 it was an immediate hit. It was designed for American conditions. Easy to repair and drive, it was tall enough to negotiate the horrible roads of the American countryside. Because of its large-bore, short stroke engine, it had enough power to wrench itself out of most mud holes, take the family to town on Saturday in relative style and still serve as a work vehicle around the farm.



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