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SLIDER: Ford Model T production line model

This beautifully delicate model of a Ford Model T production line was seen in the Louwman Museum during the recent European Automotive History Conference in the Hague.  Everyone knows of the importance of Ford in developing the capability of the production line, but rarely do we see images depicting so clearly how it operated.  Snapshot 156 on this website shows one part of the Model T line at Old Trafford in Manchester in 1923, at the point where petrol tanks and wheels are being added to the chassis – but this little model shows a later stage, where the bodies are descending onto the chassis.

Pictures of motor cars help us greatly to understand their history – but this kind of model gives a wonderful insight into the production methods that have made the car such an essential part of modern commerce.


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