On this day in car history, the last Model T was produced by Henry Ford and Edsel, his son in 1927. The last car to drive off the lot was the 15 millionth Model T Ford produced. More than any other vehicle, the Ford Model T is responsible for hastening the automobile industry. Not only was it affordable, it was very efficient.

The Model T was first produced in 1908 and was known as the Tin Lizzie.This early model could go up to 45 mph, and sold for about $850. As time when on, the model sold for $260 for the base model.

Driving Across America

Thanks to the Model T, the United States government put extra effort into building roads, making travel easier than ever before. Despite its initial popularity, Model T sales dropped around 1926 in lieu for even cheaper cars. It was discontinued in 1927, causing major drops in Ford’s vehicle production until the Model A was ready to be released.

Despite its relatively short history, the Model T had a greater impact than any other car in history.