1914 Ford Model T Touring Car, Given to John Burroughs by Henry Ford

Summary

When Ford Motor Company introduced its new Model T on October 1, 1908 it was a text book example of the right product at the right time. Using lightweight but strong vanadium steel, a modern engine, and an innovative suspension system designed for the awful roads typical of America at the time, the Model T was a great value at $850. By the end of 1913 Ford's efforts to increase production had produced the moving assembly line and driven the price down to $550. In 1914 Ford began paying his workers $5 for an eight hour day, making it possible for the workers who made the cars to also buy them. When Model T production ended in 1927 over 15 million had been sold, contributing mightily to vast changes in American living patterns, leisure activities, and the American economy. This 1914 Touring Car is one of several Model T Fords given to naturalist John Burroughs by his friend, Henry Ford, in an ultimately successful attempt to convince Burroughs that cars aided, rather than hindered, the study of nature. Until his death in 1921, Burroughs used this car during his field work. Engine: Ford inline 4-cylinder, side valves, 177 cu. in., 20 hp.

When Ford Motor Company introduced its new Model T on October 1, 1908 it was a text book example of the right product at the right time. Using lightweight but strong vanadium steel, a modern engine, and an innovative suspension system designed for the awful roads typical of America at the time, the Model T was a great value at $850. By the end of 1913 Ford's efforts to increase production had produced the moving assembly line and driven the price down to $550. In 1914 Ford began paying his workers $5 for an eight hour day, making it possible for the workers who made the cars to also buy them. When Model T production ended in 1927 over 15 million had been sold, contributing mightily to vast changes in American living patterns, leisure activities, and the American economy. This 1914 Touring Car is one of several Model T Fords given to naturalist John Burroughs by his friend, Henry Ford, in an ultimately successful attempt to convince Burroughs that cars aided, rather than hindered, the study of nature. Until his death in 1921, Burroughs used this car during his field work. Engine: Ford inline 4-cylinder, side valves, 177 cu. in., 20 hp.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1914

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

71.82.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Elizabeth Burroughs Kelley.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Glass (Material)
Wood (Plant Material)
Imitation leather
Rubber (Material)
Upholstery
Brass (Alloy)

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Diameter: 3.75 in  (Bore)

Length: 4 in  (Stroke)

Horsepower: 20 hp  (14.91 kW)

Width: 65 in

Height: 76 in

Wheelbase: 100 in

Length: 131 in

Weight: 1200 lbs

Specifications

Make & Model: 1914 Ford Model T touring car

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan

Engine: inline-4, L-head valves, 177 cubic inches

Transmission: 2 speed manual

Height: 76 inches

Width: 65 inches

Wheelbase: 100 inches

Overall length: 134.5 inches

Weight: 1200

Horsepower: 20 at 1600 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 60

Price: $550

Average 1914 wage: $627

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 10-1/2 months

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