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Model T

Automobile built by the Ford Motor Co. from 1908 until 1927, the first widely affordable mass-produced car. Assembly-line production methods introduced by Henry Ford in 1913 enabled the price of this five-seat touring car to drop from $850 in 1908 to $300 in 1925. Over 15 million Model T's were built. The car was offered in several body styles, all mounted on a standard chassis. Various colors were initially available, but after 1913 its sole color was black. It was replaced by the popular Model A in 1928.

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Flivver may refer to:

  • The word Flivver is most commonly meant to indicate a Ford Model T. In a more general sense, a small, cheap car is meant.
  • In 1926 Henry Ford introduced a flying car called a "Sky Flivver", but the project was canceled after a fatal test crash. In a lesser known definition, it refers to Jay's liver.
  • In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Henry Ford has been deified, and the flivver becomes a stand-in for Heaven: "Ford's in his flivver, and all's well with the world."
  • The word has also been applied to small (750-ton) destroyers and small airplanes.
  • In 1928, Nikola Tesla received patents for an apparatus for aerial transportation, which he called the "Flivver".
  • The word is also part of the title of a novel by Upton Sinclair, The Flivver King published in 1937.
  • Willis H. O'Brien directed a short film titled The Birth of a Flivver in 1917.
  • The nickname for Kingsford High School in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan is the Flivvers.

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