On this day in auto history - December 31st

Thu 31st Dec 2020

It was on this day in 1928 that the last Model T ever to be assembled rolled off a Ford production line in Cork, Ireland.

Originally launched in 1908, the iconic and pioneering vehicle  - generally regarded as the first affordable motor car - had gone on to sell 15 million units, making it easily the world’s best selling vehicle at that point in history.

Such was its phenomenal success, the Model T became the first truly global car but its falling market share led to Ford phasing it out in 1927 in favour of the new Model A.

Henry Ford himself personally drove away the last Model T to be produced at the company’s main factory in Michigan some months earlier. However, the honour of producing the last ever Model T fell to Cork in Ireland amid much fanfare.

The Ford Model T would much later be recognised as the most influential car of the 20th century and, 90 years on, still sits in the top ten of the best selling cars of all time.