1915 Ford Model T

Henry Ford’s legendry 'Tin Lizzie' brought affordable motoring within the reach of the general public.

Until the arrival of the Ford model of mass production, motor cars were built time and labour intensively and were expensive as a result.  During its time in production the price of the T actually fell.

Ove 15 million of the T were produced between 1908 and 1927, a figure not bettered until 1970s with VW's Beetle.  Interestingly though, Mr Ford cannot lay claim to being the first mass producer of a motor car; this accolade goes to Ransom Olds and his Curved Dash Oldsmobile.

It is true that for several years during the car's production life it could only be bought wearing black paint.