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When Ford Motor Company introduced the Model T in late 1908, company officials knew they had a winner. Ford was already the national sales leader and the new car was a significant improvement over its predecessors. Yet even an inveterate optimist like Henry Ford could not predict the far-reaching changes his “Tin Lizzie” would affect.

One hundred years later, this marvelously illustrated history of the automobile that launched an American industry takes on all aspects of the Model T’s genesis, production, marketing, and legacy. Veteran automotive journalist and editor Lindsay Brooke examines everything from infrastructure considerations that influenced the car’s design (its ground clearance, for example, was predicated on the abysmal state of U.S. roadways) to the production methods that evolved to meet the burgeoning demand for the car, and Ford Motor Company’s introduction of the revolutionary “five-dollar day.” Brooke also covers the Model T’s predecessors, early sales and marketing efforts, model changes, and T trucks, as well as adventures and misadventures with Model Ts and the car’s role in early motorsports and hot rodding.

Illustrated throughout with photography and period art, much of it from the Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, Model T: The Car That Put the World on Wheels is a fitting tribute to the first automotive icon.

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One hundred years after the Model T’s introduction, this marvelously illustrated history examines all aspects of the car’s genesis, production, marketing, and legacy. Veteran automotive journalist Lindsay Brooke explores Model T predecessors, the production methods that evolved to meet the demand for the car, and Ford’s introduction of the revolutionary “five-dollar day.” Brooke also traces 19 years of model changes, covers T-based trucks, and provides a rollicking look at the car’s role in early motorsports and hot rodding. Illustrated throughout with photography and period art, much of it from The Henry Ford Museum, Model T: The Car That Put the World on Wheels brings the story right up to the present, with a look at T ownership today. The result is a fitting tribute to the world’s first automotive icon.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760327289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760327289
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Webb II on June 18, 2008
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This year makes the 100th anniversary of the Model "T" Ford, and consequently a lot of books about Henry's Flivver are appearing in the market place. This one is a good attempt, and there are many historical photos and newer color ones as well, but honestly the book "The Legendary Model T" by Tom Collins - despite also having some small errors - is a much better effort in my opinion, with more photos and accessed archives from The Henry Ford in Dearborn.
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This book has some very strong points.

This book is a larger format but not a super thick academic work or simple coffee table photo book.

The photographic reproduction is excellent. Many of the photos are period era and they are amazing for their clarity. Most of the photos are larger and clearly show details. There are a few color photos and the color rendition is excellent. Those pictures pop off the page.

The text material is general and won't make you the Model-T or Henry Ford expert but it is plenty comprehensive for a general knowledge read. While this book isn't a go to reference source, it is a good book if you want to share some general information on the Model-T. The pictures are great for someone that is only interested in looking at those and the text is enough to satiate anyone's general interest and still provide a little extra detail.
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By Carlton Currie on October 22, 2011
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If you are a Model T aficionado as I am this is a book you must have. If you are just mildly interested in T's, this is probably the book you should start with. Lindsay Brooke is the best.
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Loved the book. Being a native of Detroit and the son of a Ford (Lincoln-Mercury-Edsel) dealer made it all complete.
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