Ford Model T: The Car That Put the World on Wheels

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Motorbooks, Apr 15, 2008 - Transportation - 208 pages
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The story of Ford Motor Companyís Model T is the story that launched the American automobile industry--and Americaís love affair with the car. When he introduced the Model T in 1908, even an eternal optimist like Henry Ford could not have predicted the far-reaching changes he was setting in motion. One hundred years later, this illustrated history looks back at the beloved Tin Lizzie. The book follows the Model T from design considerations (its ground clearance, for instance, had to allow for the abysmal state of U.S. roadways at the time) to its lasting legacy, and along the way describes the mechanical, manufacturing, and marketing innovations that the carís production entailed.

Author Lindsay Brooke also relates the adventures and misadventures that were part of owning and driving a Model T. He chronicles the changes the carís unprecedented popularity wrought in the auto industry (including Fordís introduction of the ď$5 dayĒ), and he tracks the Model T through popular culture, from its role in early motorsports to its resurgent popularity in the 1950s and 60s as a platform for T-bucket hot rods. Illustrated throughout with period art and evocative photography, this book celebrates as never before the car that epitomized the American automobile.

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Detroit-based auto writer Lindsay Brooke has been covering automotive and motorcycle technology and history for more than 25 years. He is senior editor of Automotive Engineering International, published by the SAE, and has served as editor of Automotive Industries magazine (successor to The Horseless Age and The Automobile). This is his fourth Motorbooks title.

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