1914: The Year of the Horseless Carriage

Simple cool factoids.

EXIT 1A

Henry Ford had a lucky number in 1914, and it was 5. The $5 day. A $500 Model T. And a $50 refund for anyone that bought a Model T that year, totaling a cool $15.5 million.

Why?

To say thank you for buying over 300,000 Model T’s in one year, that’s all.

It sure beat Arby’s 5 for $5, or Subway’s $5 footlong.

The 1914 Model was the same as the 1913 model, save for rounded corners on the bottom of the doors. So what changed to make 1914 Ford’s breakout year?

The assembly line. Ford’s men – serious, grim thinkers like Charles Sorensen, with camshafts for brains – had experimented with mass production techniques for years, but it wasn’t until late 1913 that they had a good grasp on how to best maximize production at the company’s spacious Highland Park Plant. The moving assembly line was born, the…

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