December 10: Ford builds its 1 millionth Model T on this date in 1915
By 1915, Ford was building so many Model Ts that it didn't notice when the one millionth copy rolled from the assembly line sometime on this day that year. After seven years of production, Henry Ford was only just starting his fetish for productivity at the Highland Park plant, having shifted to painting all cars black in the name of speed and doubling many of his workers' wages a year earlier to tamp down turnover. Within another seven years, Ford would be turning out one million Model Ts in a single year. Compared to today's cars, the Model T was a pain to drive — as shown below — but it got the world behind the wheel:
Photo: Ford Motor Co.