The Model T Reaches the Century Mark

Natalie Josef
September 22, 2011

The year is 1911 and the Ford Model T is manufactured with front doors for the first time, including an opening door for the driver. Also included was a stronger rear end assembly and tapered axles to secure the wheels. Produced in factory standard dark blue, Model Ts now came with tops, windshields, and head lamps as standard equipment. Approximately 40,000 Model T Fords were built and assembled during the 1911 model year and cost around $680.

So what else was happening in 1911? I got this email from a friend of mine and decided it was too interesting not to share. Isn't it amazing how much things can change in 100 years?


  • Fuel for this car was only sold in drug stores
  • There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph

American Life

  • The average life expectancy for men was 47 years
  • Only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub
  • Only 8 percent of homes had a telephone
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower
  • The average U.S. wage was 22 cents per hour
  • The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year
  • More than 95 percent of all births took place at home
  • Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education
  • The American flag had 45 stars 
  • The population of Las Vegas was thirty!
  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores
  • There were about 230 reported murders in the entire country
Natalie Josef

About the Author

Natalie Josef is an automotive expert at RepairPal, the leading online source of auto repair resources and estimates. With many ASE Master certified mechanics on staff who have decades of experience, RepairPal knows all the fine points of car repair.

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