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A legend on wheels goes on display

PUBLISHED: 18:05 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:42 11 August 2010

The Model T Ford outside the Design Museum

The Model T Ford outside the Design Museum

THE FIRST car ever built using an assembly line is on display in the Design Museum s glass tank near Tower Bridge. The classic Ford T was provided by the Ford Heritage Collection which is based at the Dagenham plant in Ford Road. This 1910 example of the

THE FIRST car ever built using an assembly line is on display in the Design Museum's glass tank near Tower Bridge.

The classic Ford T was provided by the Ford Heritage Collection which is based at the Dagenham plant in Ford Road.

This 1910 example of the T model marks the centenary year since it first went into production.

Also known as the Tin Lizzy it was the longest running mass produced car in history and considered to be the most important model of the automobile age.

Produced from 1908 - 1927 the Ford T "put America on wheels".

Because of a decision by Ford to pay their workers a wage proportionate to the cost of the car they created the first affordable automobile.

The T model was built mainly in Detroit and later in Manchester, with 15 million being sold worldwide.

Speaking about the T model Henry Ford said: "It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for.

"It will be low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces."

The Tin Lizzy will be on display outside the design museum until April 20.

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