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Henry Ford’s take on a test drive

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Some see a project’s fruition as the end.

Not leaders.

The Model T Ford, introduced in 1908, boasted quite a few innovations over the eight cars that preceded it, including features that lowered cost, increased reliability and dealt with bad roads.

At the same time, the Model T was the first ordinary production car with steering on the left. As roads improved, it became more important for drivers to see oncoming traffic than steep roadside drop-offs.

You might consider this a culmination.

Not Henry Ford.

When the first Model T rolled into the street, he had an employee drive him all over town.

Grinning from ear to ear, he declared, “Well, I guess we’ve got started.”

— Adapted from Henry Ford, Vincent Curcio, Oxford University Press.

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