Henry Ford began manufacturing the famed Model T in 1908. He revolutionized American industry and automotive history with the introduction of the assembly line in 1913, and the Model T became the first mass-produced commodity in the world. With a new Model T leaving the assembly line every three minutes, the faster production time led to reduced costs and, most important, a more affordable price tag for the emerging American middle class. Within a few years after the 1914 Model T was built, the cost of a new one dropped as low as $265, and Fords represented nearly 2/3 of all cars sold in America. Fifteen million Model T Fords were built by the time production ended in 1927.
Jim Riggleman of Wilmington, Delaware, purchased this car in May 2008 from Bonnie Lincoln, daughter of Vernon A. Reynolds, who had owned the vehicle since the 1960s. The car was restored in 1963/64 by Arnold Sumpter of Perryville, Maryland, in preparation for display at the New York World’s Fair.
Gift of Gloria Riggleman in memory of James D. Riggleman.
Capacity: 5 passengers
Engine: 20 horsepower
Weight: 1,200 pounds
Wheelbase: 100 inches
Cost: $500 in 1914; 2015 equivalent: $12,000