Ford's Model T
ca. September 1908 --- The actual car Henry Ford took on his hunting trip late in September, 1908. It can be said to be the world's first regular factory-produced Model T.Corbis
Ford's Model T
Driver behind wheel of a 1912 Ford Model T taxi.
The mayoress, Mrs Blamires, and other ladies are sitting in a Model T Ford on Alexandra Rose Day, 1914. Their chauffeur is standing in front of the car.
Young boy with the family Model T, on the farm, 1917.
Model T Ford with Stephenson agricultural conversion, Sussex, 1917.
Model T Ford 1920
Two Women and One Man Sitting On Running Board Of Model T Ford Eating Lunch, 1920.
A 1921 Ford Model T Tudor Sedan descending a hill, San Francisco, California, 1921.
American motor vehicle industry pioneer Henry Ford (1863 - 1947) standing next to the first and the ten millionth Model-T Ford, 1924.
A Ford worker adds the final touches to the fifteenth million Ford car produced, a Model T Ford, in the USA, 1927.
ca. September 1908 --- The actual car Henry Ford took on his hunting trip late in September, 1908. It can be said to be
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See Photos of the Ford Model T During Its Decades of Dominance

May 26, 2015

For years, Henry and Edsel Ford had been denying that the day was approaching. Asked whether they were working on a new model of car, after nearly two decades of producing the famous Model T, they kept mum. But, as TIME noted back then, "in the U. S. motor industry it is considered unpolitic for a manufacturer to say that he will do this or that. When he can produce, he talks."

That changed in late May of 1927, the day that saw the creation of the last-ever, first-ever mass-market car. Over the nearly two decades since it had first been introduced in 1908, it had evolved somewhat—as can be seen in these photos—but it had never lost its signature look. Even though it took a little longer for the actual last Model T in the world to be produced, as various factories wound down those operations, the official date of production of the last Model T at the landmark Highland Park plant was May 26, 1927, according to Ford.

The end of an era came shortly after the company churned out its 15 millionth car, an event that was, TIME noted, celebrated in the only way that would be appropriate: by driving.

Besides being thus frank last week, Mr. Ford, hale again after his motor car accident two months ago..., went with his son Edsel to the Ford assembling plant; watched the 15,000,000th Ford car being completed. Father and son mounted to the seat, Edsel at the wheel, and drove to the Ford museum. There Mr. Ford took the driver's seat of the first motor car that he ever manufactured, a two-cylinder contraption that he made and sold in 1903. He tinkled the doorbell that served Ford Car No. 1 as signal, and he and Edsel were off in their separate vehicles for a brief tour of the museum neighborhood.

Read more, from 1927, here in the TIME Vault: New Fords

A Ford Advertisement for Model T Automobile, circa 1909.A Ford Advertisement for Model T Automobile, circa 1909.  Fotosearch—Getty Images 
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