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Driving a Ford Model T Is a Lot Harder Than You'd Think! We Tried It

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Starting in 1908, Henry Ford sold his novel Model T cars as the first to be really accessible to the masses. What's more, he marketed them as easy to handle for casual drivers and (gasp!) women since they started with a button rather than a crank. Thing is, those old Model Ts were still pretty complicated to drive. Bloomberg Pursuits' Hannah Elliott took a 1914 Model T for a spin but first she needed a driving lesson. Video by: David Nicholson, Camen Hodges, Victoria Blackburne-Daniell Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg Business on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg Watch Bloomberg TV live at http://www.bloomberg.com/live
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Meade77 (7 hours ago)
Imagine people from this era seeing an example of the newest cars of today.
ExtremeRacer 879 (4 days ago)
This car is..... AMAZING
Turbodog1 (4 days ago)
Who else wants to own a Model T now?
Seigfried Gustafson (4 days ago)
I mean, you press your foot down and it goes...
Lord Cekrom (5 days ago)
Old but gold =D
service@cal1.net (5 days ago)
Millenials. Doesn't know what a clutch is.
Jake Kaywell (8 days ago)
The only other pre-WWII people's cars to come close were the Austin Seven and the Fiat Topolino. Both were great efforts to liberate their own people from motorcycle and sidecar combinations and cyclecars. Here's to the unique engineering and attitudes behind these machines.
theLuffi nater (14 days ago)
I'd love a model t
Gappie Al Kebabi (15 days ago)
kirk kopak (18 days ago)
I am so glad that you included the speed at witch a horse and buggy traveled. this really helps people understand how the Model T was, for many people, traveling at a "break-neck" pace.
Sweet Stereo (20 days ago)
Smokes bugattis every day
Kaas ezel (22 days ago)
Model T sounds like a modern car like a tesla but as a ford
packingten (30 days ago)
Clint Eastwood dubbed millenials as a bunchxof pu$$ies I totally agree. Some say they wish they'd grown up in 50s/60s....They would never made it. We went to school NO AC EVER..cars with AC not common. We didnt have a bus outside our house...Todays kids are a bunch of helpless beings...what are they gonna do when daddy isnt there?.
buster117 (30 days ago)
Lol a 1908 car can drive at those conditions while a smart can get stuck trying to climb the side walk
Age of Reason (1 month ago)
Amazing that in 100 years we couldn't improve fuel economy by even 1 mpg.
Alex Stone (1 month ago)
I want one.
TSM Daniel (1 month ago)
When was it made what year
Bambi Pardis (1 month ago)
Deceased people can't vote
Bambi Pardis (1 month ago)
My great granparent drove these drove these with my grandparents as children then they had children so in that generation they drove to vote but my gramna did June primary but couldn't she was busy giving birth on November 3 ,1926 .then on November 3,1976 my sister gave birth on election day one her influences Dwight Eisenhower. My grampa moats George Washington Abraham Lincoln John f Kennedy sr..with Susan b.anthony on my 6th birthday
Mae Henle (1 month ago)
How far can you drive a model t ford before it needs gas? Can they be used for long trips (2-3 hours)?
Mcmerc01 (1 month ago)
The Model T didn't start it all. I know it might be a figure of speech, but it seems to be a common misconception that the Model T was the first automobile
Antoine Johnson (1 month ago)
T= Tesla M=< O= < D= < E=< L= < ? €4€ =
c0mpu73rguy (1 month ago)
Thank you for making me discover this fascinating car!
scdevon (1 month ago)
Beautiful car that is obviously well taken care of. I'm glad they took it out in the wet and snow and enjoyed it. These are not fragile cars and they were made to operate in awful conditions.
Abstraxxt (1 month ago)
wow i actually live in Detroit and have been to this place alot of times but never knew how the people drove around the model Ts
KINGMJ1990 (2 months ago)
Has she driven the Premier Padmini?
gcHK47 (2 months ago)
Isn’t there some sort of complicated procedure just to start it up?
gcHK47, I'm glad to. But back then thats all they had. They didn't put an electric starter/self starter on the model t until 1925.
gcHK47 (1 month ago)
Horse-A-Holics Anonymous Glad all we do today is just turn a key or press a button.
gcHK47, You have to advance the spark, give it a little throttle, prime/choke the engine from the front of the car, turn/pop the crank handle about 3 times, releas the primer/choke cable, turn/pop the crank until it starts. Once it is started you reduce the throttle and retard the spark until it runs smoothly.
Miche-Ange M. Boch (2 months ago)
i love it
saurabh ** (2 months ago)
Engineering can be beautiful....this is the proof....one think I love about that era was the detailings and quality....and use of metal..in every details... which is easily repairable.....👌✌️👍
Atlanta97 (2 months ago)
I thought it had a push button start ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Rodrigo04 ! (2 months ago)
Aww man she didn't honk the horn
Reuben Willard (2 months ago)
So it's like driving a tractor.
lukie villa (2 months ago)
I prefer driving a model T over my other car to be honest. Reverse clutch isn’t that hard to use.
Zeven Viero (2 months ago)
Chevy sucks
imgamerful (2 months ago)
Wait, women can drive?
HardlineFeminists (2 months ago)
*Driving a Model-T is quite easy once you get used to it.*
James Simmons (2 months ago)
You should take to trouble to consider your words before making a statement. How in the world do you know so much about us to be able to claim what "we'd think"? The kiddies among us have never thought about how to drive old cars but some of us are old enough enough to have had such experiences. We know about master magneto switches, hand cranks, priming, spark advancing and retardation, unusual gear shifting arranging especially for reverse gear, having mechanical brakes only on the rear wheels, odd ways of changing a flat tire and, yes, winter curtains too. Please take to trouble to realize that not all of us are entirely ignorant when giving titles to your videos.
Rob True (2 months ago)
I learned nothing here.
Colin Smith (2 months ago)
Eh, they only had difficulty driving it because they're women.
The Muffin (2 months ago)
I saw a model T casually driving it on the high way
ZIPPER (2 months ago)
Females can’t drive
Dave K. (2 months ago)
I got to ride in one at a museum in ND, they had it in this old mock up town , really quite the experience.
EA 1017 (2 months ago)
Yes, driving is a little hard for women.
:) (2 months ago)
I thought this was buzzfeed
Adolf Hitler (2 months ago)
Fucking women drivers.
Vikas KV (2 months ago)
I’m not a vintage fan but that car is a piece of beauty
Ryan Cowell (2 months ago)
I want one.
Res Art (2 months ago)
Woman teacheng woman how to drive a car and she learns fast and they are both professionalists Where is this world going to
stephenmartinez1 (2 months ago)
we americans have invented everything.. nearly all modern technology and innovations came from the us.
md love (2 months ago)
Why on earth would they let a female teach another female how to drive a model t. Its like the blind leading the blind
Why are they driving it on a snowy day
My grandfather saw a documentary on this car or the ford company and apparently in the 20s or 30s, this car almost cost ford his company because as other companies (Chevy, Chrysler, etc.) were making different models while henry only wanted to make the model T. The time when cars like the model A came out is when a relative of henry took over
Eusebio Escelante (2 months ago)
The car that should be driven like motorcycle
Michael Payne (2 months ago)
For those of us in the modern world, 20mpg isn't better than a lot of the cars on the road.
SkyGhost340 (2 months ago)
I thought I would never see this car in color
zach gloss (2 months ago)
There’s one on Facebook market place I was thinking of getting for 4000
BreBeatz LLC (2 months ago)
OMG imagine a video like this in 2118!!
Prabh Chahal (3 months ago)
Like a tractor. Nothing much difficult
Daniel Perez (3 months ago)
Where do I apply
Pine Cone (3 months ago)
Why in the fuck would you drive it in that horrible weather?
Luke. TheDrifter (3 months ago)
Damn that thing operates pretty much like a tractor.
Vlad Rerih (3 months ago)
Women tell us about cars, hmm how interesting...
Philipp Berry (3 months ago)
I’ve had the pleasure. It’s fairly easy as long as nothing unexpected happens. That’s when the habits formed by years of driving modern cars take over and things tend to go wrong.
Carsten Hemel (3 months ago)
Mrs History Falsifyer, this car wasn't the start of the automobile at all. and it was already primitive when it came out. It was cheap made and cheap assembled so that everyone could afford it. Mercedes, Peugeot, Renault, Opel made better cars in 1908!
Crixus (2 months ago)
woman's voice: "I test drives cars for a living" *turns video off*
中原マリ (3 months ago)
Americans can't even drive manuel.
Baphomet 666 (3 months ago)
No 0-60 time??
Dana Schoen (3 months ago)
Complete the journey, find a Model A to drive. It had the now "standard" arrangement of peddles and three speed on the floor, with fifty horse power to boot! Some even had heaters!
Oscar E. Quirós (3 months ago)
Just to clarify. The model T did NOT start it all. It was the Benz of 1885 that started it all. That was almost 20 years before Ford's model T.
Waffenbear117 (3 months ago)
It works like my 1949 ford tractor
legoking 3456 (3 months ago)
12 degrees? Hah! In Canada, thats spring temperature, depending on where you live
Suzette DuPont (3 months ago)
My Dad was driving one of these when he was 8 years old, back in the day.
Joyce Ebert (3 months ago)
A trotting horse goes around twelve miles an hour. A standardbred horse can go forty. So she is not quite accurate in her statements. I've driven a 'Tin Lizzie, they're a PITA to drive.
Kevin Howard (3 months ago)
20 miles per gallon isn't anywhere near as much as we get now. most 2018 cars get 35-50 miles per gallon.
Brad the Pitts (3 months ago)
As it was! Freezing cold and in the snow. Of course, years ago most roads weren't even paved.
David Isabella (3 months ago)
Many automobiles of the 1950's were still tough to drive with the 3 on the tree manual transmission and no power steering.
anoymoususer103 (3 months ago)
Just imagine a police pursuit in one of those 😂
Altoclarinets (3 months ago)
And you did all of that on icy roads? wow!
Leo Antonio (3 months ago)
Marvin the Maniac (3 months ago)
The clutch pedal in a Model-T is actually the forward gear lever.
Rick smith (3 months ago)
wow nice
Clyde G (3 months ago)
This poop Cadillac bunk lister!
Chris Daigle (3 months ago)
These cars didn't have smooth clutch actuation. In fact it was kind of grabby. It took some practice for Most people to keep from stalling it. And starting one has broken many arms. No electric start. It would also go just as fast in reverse. Since the fuel was gravity feed, you sometimes had to reverse up hills, or it wouldn't run!
Phil M (3 months ago)
My Mother was born in 1917 and for her first 5 years they lived in a tent out of their Model T modified into a pickup as my Grandfather was an intinerant lineman as the US was being electrified. At that time there was not a single paved road crossing the US. They came to a rare paved stretch somewhere in the midwest and a sign said, "Speed limit 100 mph. Ford's do your damnedest!" They lived in that tent in13 states during those 5 years. Grandpa decided they should settle down when my Mom was old enough for school. They had hardships but thought it was a wonderful experience. Never complained about being poor. I wish I could learn to drive a Model T. Ruxtel gear?
Andy Reid (3 months ago)
Killed the Baker electric car over night. A petrol engined model T could go anywhere. It didn't require hours of charging at a city charging point when low on juice. Was faster and more rugged. It would also run on more readily available kerosene, if gasoline wasn't available back then.
Melissa Peters (3 months ago)
neighbor just got rid of his model t......for a slightly newer one lol
Martin Godske (3 months ago)
Not so fancy and she shows a BMW i3. Lady, that car is awesome
DRNEGOLICIS (3 months ago)
Ford model T powered by dodge, dodge brothers started it all
chris gast (3 months ago)
At least it seems a bit easier to fix, compared to the cars now where you have to remove fenders and panels before you even get to the "bare bones" or "meats and potatoes" of the car.
sent iment (3 months ago)
Women drivers!!
Nagytika (3 months ago)
but how does it work? (i mean they did not really explained the controlls)
Jake Lakota (3 months ago)
Apparently it isn't hard at all. Of course if you showed us how to operate it, we would be impressed.
Damon Richter (3 months ago)
Damn that car goes anyway just like myh jeep rubi
Damon Richter (3 months ago)
They told Henry Ford he was crazy and can't put a car on an assembly line, he did it anyway and changed manufactoring and the automotive industry, he was selling 100's a day
richyoyo10 hotboy10 (3 months ago)
Mercedes started the first car ford started the assembly line
Midas Sandahl (3 months ago)
Ls swap it
B BOGE (3 months ago)
David J. Martin (3 months ago)
Between cars and trucks about 25 mpg is the average!
Zachary Jones (3 months ago)
It's basically like driving a little tractor... except for the reverse pedal. don't know what that's all about lol

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