Ford's first cars were baby steps; experiments that taught Ford what mistakes to avoid when he began to get serious about making a large production of cars. From the first Model T built in 1908, to the latest 2006 Ford Taurus, each car has its own individual signature and characteristics, yet each holds the admirable Ford name. Ford's affordable Model T irrevocably altered American society. As more Americans owned cars, urbanization patterns changed. The United States saw the growth of suburbia, the creation of a national highway system, and a population entranced with the possibility of going anywhere anytime. Until 1903 the automobile had been a status symbol painstakingly manufactured by craftsmen. But Ford set out to make the car a commodity. For vehicles like the Ford Taurus and Model T, each represent many similarities yet still hold onto their defining features and qualities that reveal their differences.
Although separated by many decades in production, the Ford Taurus and Model T actually are similar in several ways. Comparable to the Taurus, the Model T (also known as the Tin Lizzie and the Flivver) started out very basic with many flaws to straighten out. Over time, those flaws were perfected to make a timeless, affordable and perfected piece of work. Another similarity results from the fact that each of the models mentioned has lasted longer than originally expected. ...Show more