Ford’s Model T – the first car – was also called “Tin Lizzie” or “flivver”. Over 15 million cars of this model were sold.
The Model T made its debut in 1908 with a purchase price of $825.00. Over ten thousand were sold in its first year, establishing a new record. Four years later the price dropped to $575.00 and sales soared. By 1914, Ford could claim a 48% share of the automobile market. (source)
It was car with its own idiosyncrasies. A hand accelerator, no gas gauge and the going up the hill in reverse gear!She was Shocked when she Took Ford's #ModelT for a Test Drive! Click To Tweet
The engine was simple and efficient, with all four cylinders cast in a single block and the cylinder head detachable for easy access and repair. The engine generated 20 horsepower and propelled the car to modest top speeds of 40–45 miles per hour (65–70 km/h). In most models the engine was started by a hand crank, which activated a magneto connected to the flywheel, but after 1920 some models were equipped with battery-powered starters. The transmission, consisting of two forward gears and one reverse, was of the planetary type, controlled by foot pedals rather than the more common hand lever used in sliding-gear transmissions. Spark and throttle were controlled by a hand lever on the steering column. The 10-gallon fuel tank was located under the front seat. Because gasoline was fed to the engine only by gravity, and also because the reverse gear offered more power than the forward gears, the Model T frequently had to be driven up a steep hill backward.
So here is Hannah Elliott a car expert who test drives modern and luxury cars as she tried test driving the Model T. Here go with Hannah for the test drive we would all like to have!