May 26,1927: The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line, watched by its inventor, Henry Ford, at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan. The Model T, generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, sold 15 million vehicles over 20 years.
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I've heard of those !
A mere 88 years ago
May 26 is the anniversary of Model T Ford engine number 15,000,0000.
It was not the last Model T Ford produced nor was May 26 the last day of Model T Ford production.
That was my thought but who am I to ague with the internet...
As we all know engine production continued for some time and the branch plants were still assembling for a while as things ran down to the end.
It was nice that someone thought it important enough to include in the important events on this date.
Our T's 99th anniversary today. Engine 1265512
As long as we're picking nits, the Model T was in production for 19 years, not 20.
Actually, the first Model T was built on September 27 1908, and shipped October 1st. The last Model T "rolled" off the assembly line May 31st, 1927.
That's not 20 years....that's not even 19 years. If you REALLY wanna get technical.....
And these numbers are from Bruce's research.
And the last Model T engine from the original molds was manufactured on August 4th, 1941.
My dad turned 88 two months ago. Wow, Model T's were still being manufactured then. Here is a picture of my 1914 T Runabout taken in 1946.
so is today the anniversary or is May 31 the anniversary?
No confusion, but stopping the production of the beloved Model T was hard to do.
How you suddenly stop assembly branches from making cars and trucks? And sales dealers taking orders last minute for the faithful?
According to Bruce's research in the Ford Archives, May 31 is regarded as the last production car, serial # 15,007,032.
But.....engines continued to be built and sent to the branches, from May to Dec of '27, 69,198....these LIKELY were made into cars or trucks at the branch assembly factories.
So the last T's or TT's could have been serial #15,007,034 to #15,076,231!
So to put a line in the sand, history will most remember the "last one" as the 15th Million, that left with fan fare, newspapers coverage world wide with sure public awareness then that the Ford was obsolete.
With Henry being driven by Edsel, both seemingly sad, but in reality they were self-consumed in the Model A design build/retool of the branch assembly plants....as in Oct of '27 the first "A" was shipped.
Only 5 months after this photo!