Top 10 Greatest American Cars Ever Built
While Americans weren’t the ones to create the automobile, they quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the automobile industry. By 1913 about 80 percent of cars made worldwide were made in the United States. Over the last 100 years, American auto makers have had many innovative vehicles, so let’s look at the best 10 of these groundbreaking cars.
Ford Model T
The Ford Model T, also known as the Tin Lizzie, first began production on August 12, 1908. Voted as the most influential car of the 20th century in the Car of the Century competition in 1999, Henry Ford intended the car to be large enough to seat a family yet small enough for one person to maintain. Within days of the first car leaving the assembly line, 15,000 people had ordered their own Model T.
1932 Ford V-8 (Model 18)
The Model 18 was Henry Ford’s attempt to retake the top spot in American car sales in the face of The Great Depression. For the previous several years, Chevy had overtaken Ford as the most sold vehicle of the time. The Ford Model 18 moved directly into a V8 from the earlier V4 car models. This was done because Chevy was currently producing a V6 engine at the top spot. This vehicle was the first mass-produced V8 to be offered to the public at a reasonable cost.