By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photo Collection of Odd Cars was composed by Ward Schmidt)
With all of our developments in car safety and mobility, look back at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the discovery of cars.
At first cars were only available to the rich because the process involved men working individually handcrafting each car. Although Henry Ford didn’t invent the car, he played a big part in changing the world (1908) by producing an affordable car.
Moving from men to machinery, Ford created the assembly line to lessen the start-up to finish car time ranging from 12-1/2 hours to around six hours with his mass-production.
The first Model T Ford, in 1908, cost $825.00. The overwhelming response brought over 10,000 sales their first year.
In 1909, Henry Ford said, “Any customer can have a car painted in any color that he wants so long as it is black.” Ford’s assembly line produced a new car every 15 minutes. The reason for the black color was that only the Japan black color was able to dry fast enough to match the speed of production.
Imagine, a car not only for the rich but available to everyone. The convenience of driving around the city and even taking trips whenever and wherever they wanted.
There were many little-known, uniquely designed cars during the early years, cars that never became famous or popular.
The new market offered an opportunity, the auto industry opened to those who wanted to invent their own concepts of cars. Each design was different and odd-looking cars were produced in all sizes with a wide variety of different looks. Some cars were impractical while others closer to the acceptable versions of what the consumers wanted to buy.
Those pioneers opened the doors to make it possible for today’s modern cars with the latest safety features which communicate with each other. As unbelievable as it sounds, these DRIVERLESS “Smart Cars” are NOW AVAILABLE TO PURCHAASE.
A car that drives itself, science fiction becomes a reality!
It is estimated, in 10 years the “Smart Highways” will be able to communicate with the “Smart Cars”. You would be able to watch the scenery, study, prepare for a meeting and anything else to fill the time. When arriving at the destination, you would be refreshed instead of tired after driving.
There are 1 billion cars currently in use on earth.
Did you know that the first generation classic cars developed in the mid16th century didn’t have a steering wheel, people used to drive these cars with the help of a lever. The word “automobile” is a mixture of the French word ‘auto’ which means self and “mobile” which means moving.
The windshield wipers, an important component of every car, was introduced by a woman. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/interesting-car-facts.html
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