1912 Ford T Speedster

Ford was launched in a converted factory in 1903 with $28,000 in cash from twelve investors, most notably the Dodge brothers who would later found their own Motor company. Henry Ford was 40 years old when he founded the Ford Motor Company, which would go on to become one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world, as well as being one of the few to survive the Great Depression. The largest family-controlled company in the world, the Ford Motor Company has been in continuous family control for over 100 years.

During its early years, the company produced a range of vehicles designated, chronologically, from the Model A in 1903 to the Model S in 1908. That year, Henry Ford introduced the Model T. In its first full year of production, 1909, about 18,000 Model Ts were built. As demand for the car grew, the company moved production to the much larger Highland Park Plant, and in 1911, the first year of operation there, about 70,000 Model Ts were produced. By 1913, the company had developed all of the basic techniques of the assembly lineand mass production. Ford introduced the world's first moving assembly line that year, which reduced chassis assembly time from 12½ hours in October to 2 hours, 40 minutes, and boosted annual output to 250,000 units (by 1920, this figure would exceed one million!). However, these innovations were hard on employees, and turnover of workers was very high. Turnover meant delays and extra costs of training, and use of slow workers. In January 1914, Ford solved the employee turnover problem by doubling pay to $5 a day ($103 per day in 2006 dollars), cutting shifts from nine hours to an eight hour day for a 5 day work week, and instituting hiring practices that identified the best workers. Thus, it pioneered the minimum wage and the 40 hour work week in the United States, before the government enacted it. Productivity soared and employee turnover plunged, and the cost per vehicle plummeted. Ford cut prices again and again and invented the system of franchised dealers who were loyal to his brand name. Wall Street had disagreed with Ford's generous labor practices when he began paying workers enough to buy the products they made

The 1912 Model T is an important car as it marked the last year of production before Mass
Production started. Eligible for all Brass Era tours, 1912 is a pivotal year for collectors, as well. This exceptional speedster has lots of brass, nice artillery wheels, correct bucket seats, and a very nice paint job.
The car runs and drives very very well and has the correct period appearance so often missing in these Speedsters. This is one of the nicest T Speedsters we have had the opportunity to represent, dont let it get away!

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Asking $22,500.


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