The Ten Millionth Model T
Even when Henry Ford produced the first Ford Model T on Sept. 27, 1908, Ford assembled cars like every other manufacturer - one at a time. Starting with the 1903 Model A at the Mack Avenue facility in Detroit, MI, then adding seven additional models to the Ford brand after moving to the Piquette Ave. Plant in Detroit in 1904, all were hand built.
Ford produced nearly 12,000 Model Ts there before production moved to the new Highland Park plant. All the models manufactured up until that time were produced in the hundreds, and some of the more popular models in the thousands, but when demand for the Model T started to grow the numbers really increased.
Over 15 million Model Ts were manufactured, a record that stood for a half century. Ford tried to acknowledge these "million car" milestones, but at the rate Fords were selling a few were missed along the way. Over 20 million cars were manufactured before the 1932 models were even introduced: 1915; 1 millionth, 1921: 5 millionth, 1924; 10 millionth, 1927: 15 millionth, 1931: 20 millionth, 1937: 25 millionth, 1940: 28 millionth car, 1945: 31 millionth (truck). Ford Motor Company celebrated the production of its 350 millionth vehicle at Ford Thailand Manufacturing on August 31, 2012.
No one paid much attention when the 1 millionth Ford, a Model T, rolled off the assembly line on Dec. 10, 1915.
The Ford coupe with engine number 5,000,000 rolled off the production line on May 28, 1921 and was presented to Edsel Ford as the company's latest Milestone Car.
The 10 millionth Ford was produced on June 4, 1924, at the Highland Park plant and spent most of that year promoting Ford's success while driving back and forth across the United States from New York to San Francisco on the Lincoln Highway. The car is privately owned by Dr. Alan Hathaway in Iowa.
Courtesy of motorcity.org