1925 MODEL T TOURING
In 1925 the Model T touring had a price of $290. However if you decided not to crank start the car and wanted the starter motor, which would cost an additional $65. For demountable rims (very desirable if you ever had to change a tire) cost an additional $20. The basic equipment was three oil lamps (two side and one tail). Optional was the Windshield wiper, headlamps, tops, horn, spare tire carrier, bumpers and speedometer.
By this time in the United States nearly every other car on the road was a Model T Ford. That was not to last as sales fast began declining in mid 1925.
At one time, it was thought that most people in the United States rarely ventured beyond 20 miles of where they lived. In 1908 things changed with the introduction of the Ford Model T – not the world’s first automobile or the best, but the most prolific. When production on the Model T began in 1908, the cost was around $850, $1200 less than most cars By the early 1920z the price of the Model T was about $300, and it accounted for half of the automobiles in the world – in 1920 production exceeded one million vehicles.
Ford Motor Company opened factories in Denmark (1923); South Africa (1924), and Germany, Austria, Argentina and Australia (1925).
Sales peaked in 1924 with over two million automobiles leaving the assembly line.
By this time, many of Ford’s competitors had switched to the same principle that had made the Model T a success – a cheap and reliable vehicle built on an assembly line and produced in mass quantities. Other manufacturers started attracting new buyers by offering amenities, extras, or larger engines. Popular options included windshield wipers, anti-theft locks, and light dimmers. Chevrolet vehicles, for instance, had three forward gears while the Model T still used only two.