Henry Ford

By: Caitlyn Conn

Description

Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863. While living & working as an engineer in Detroit, Michigan in the 1890's, Ford began to experiment with an automobile's engine that ran on gasoline. In 1903, he established his own auto making company and also designed cars.

Invention

In 1906, Henry came up with a new type of car. For a year, Ford and his general superintendent, Charles Sorenson, worked on the Model T. He tested the car many times before releasing it to the public in 1908.

Description of the Invention

Sorenson described the black, sturdy vehicle as ".. a car which anyone can afford to buy, which anyone could drive anywhere, and which almost anyone could keep in repair."

Significance

The Model T was an all new and improved design for automobiles at that time. But it's creation also pioneered the assembly line which was a less expensive way to manufacture things. The assembly line each gave a person its purpose to build the car which sped up production. This was a mass production of goods which decreased manufacturing costs and the products were sold more cheaply.
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