It's only been 100 years
When Henry Ford started to manufacture his groundbreaking Model T on 27 September 1908, he probably never imagined that the spindly little car would remain in production for 19 years. Nor could Ford have foreseen that his company would eventually build more than 15 million Tin Lizzies, making him a billionaire while putting the world on wheels. Ford built more than 15 million Model Ts during 19 years of production. Historians credit the T — which Ford first advertised as The Universal Car — with launching today’s multibillion-dollar automotive aftermarket industry.