It may not have been the first, but it mobilized the world by cutting the cost of cars

On this day in 1913, Ford production supervisors Peter Martin and Charles Sorensen cobbled together a simple assembly line using a rope and windlass. It changed forever how cars are built and rocketed the popularity of the Ford Model T amongst the middle class.

While it was not the first assembly line to be used in modern industry, this simple yet ingenious application of logic sped up production time (from 12 hours and 30 minutes per car to five hours and 50 minutes), lowered costs, and made the Model T affordable for virtually everyone.

Head over to Hemmings Blog as they have a great little write up about the history of Ford’s great mobilizing innovation.

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