Assembly Line of the Ford T Model, 1913
Early in the 20th century, the American industrialist Henry Ford
massively applied the assembly line principle to produce the first affordable
car, the Ford Model T. The first car assembly line appeared at Highland
Park, Michigan in 1913. This marked the beginning of the automobile
era. The Model T was produced between 1913 and 1927. Through
and competition from other manufacturers, the price of a Model T dropped
from $575 to $290, making it affordable to the middle class.