Essay on Evolution of the Automobile Industry and Henry Ford

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Evolution of the Automobile Industry and Henry Ford Henry Ford, "the high priest of efficiency," was the tinkerer-craftsman who produced one of many horseless carriages, the automobile. Nearly three years after his only son was born in 1893, Ford succeeded in producing his first car. After months of vigorous work and two final sleepless nights, the Quadricycle tolled out of Ford's garage. The Quadricycle was a primitive machine, with a tiller for a steering wheel, bicycle tires, a bicycle seat and a bicycle chain to transfer the power of the engine to the wheels. Engine-manufacturing plants did not exist, so Ford's car was constructed entirely by hand, with common parts recycled into new uses. A house doorbell was the horn.…show more content…
Ford revealed many new models in the next three years following the production of Model A. In January of 1906, his newest automobile, Model N, was produced. The car was the only 600 dollar vehicle with a four cylinder engine. The Ford sold over 800 units in the twelve months, ending in December of 1907. This was five times the amount of their previous annual sales. By the end of 1907, the company had made over one million in profit of sales of 4.7 million dollars. This profit was outstanding for the company, however, the consumers wanted a lower price for the automobile. This forced Henry Ford to promise in 1905 to build a high grade touring car and sell it at an unheard of price, and now, just as surely as every claim made for the small car was made good, just so surely has Ford made good this promise. The Model T was that car. The car that was promised a four cylinder, twenty horse-power touring car. The Model T was a roomy, commodious, comfortable family car, that basically was as good as it got. Model T, known as the simplest of all cars, is an enlarged four cylinder box car that resembles today's go-cart. The invention of this car made things much more convenient for our spread out country; including the increased development of roadways. What used to be towns became the cities as people started to spread away from one another. This new
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