FORD'S biggest ever volume seller and most legendary car, the Model T, is back in production as part of the firm's centenary celebrations.
Seventy four years after the last car rolled off the production line, Ford has built six brand new examples using 250 engineers taking two years to produce all the parts exactly as on the original.
All are identical to the 1914 version, sold under the slogan 'Any colour you want as long as it's black', which was the first to be constructed on a moving production line. In total more than 15 million were sold worldwide, with 30,000 built at Trafford Park in Manchester, Ford's first factory outside the USA.
The cars, designated the Model T-100, will feature in celebrations throughout the world, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 11 to 13 and the Henry Ford Day on May 11 at the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Ford Motor Company milestones
1896: Henry Ford builds his first vehicle, the Quadricycle in a shed behind his home in Detroit
1903: Ford Motor Company founded on June 16 in Detroit, Michigan
1904: Ford British sales organisation established
1908: Model T introduced
1911: The first factory outside the US opened in Trafford Park, Manchester for Model T production – 30,000 will be built there over the years
1918: Work started on the massive Rouge plant in Michigan
1919: Edsel Ford succeeds Henry as company president
1924: Dagenham site purchased
1926: The 15 millionth Model T comes off the production line
1931: Production begins at Dagenham
1939: Ford Anglia introduced
1962: Cortina launched
1968: Escort launched
1976: Fiesta launched
1993: Mondeo launched
1999: Ford buys Volvo
2000: Ford buys Land Rover from BMW