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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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Text Comments (2354)
Jeff Nolan (2 days ago)
It's not a gas pedal, or an accelerator, it's a bloody throttle, I've got hundreds and hundreds of hours behind the wheel of these cars, from early touring to late speedsters with three transmissions and a two speed rear end. WarFord, Ruckstel, etc.
Niles Seagle (4 days ago)
That is just sad
SRT8 boiz hell yea (4 days ago)
That's greenfield village in dearborn Michigan I've been there on field trips
no guy (4 days ago)
ive driven a model t once, and yeah its complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it gets easy.
lordgamer 122 (4 days ago)
I cant even drive a stick
Donald (5 days ago)
Just would like the name and address of the imbecil who put two woman behind the wheel plainly lying on a tv show without a clue to what they're doing nor what they're saying.
Kunal Mazumdar (6 days ago)
A true engineering masterpiece. I believe it is more important to human history then landing the first man on Moon, because this invention changed the mass transportation business forever.
succmymeme dude (6 days ago)
I want to drive one!
flamin cheeto (6 days ago)
I want this job!!!
Aras B (6 days ago)
This is so awesome!
Zajarany PL (6 days ago)
So beautiful car
Sami TheWeirdOne (6 days ago)
This is the car of my dreams
Your Mom (7 days ago)
Its like driving a horse
joseph boughton (7 days ago)
Every year the Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan has Model T driving schools. They're actually pretty easy to drive and definitely a lot of fun. Just Google Gilmore Car Museum for more information.
Michael McHugh (8 days ago)
Model T is as easy to drive as a fucking lawn mower. What a couple of cunts.
Magnavachs (8 days ago)
With all due respect, we didn't really see how to drive it
rsr789 (8 days ago)
Typical, people like Hannah Elliott have jobs in which they know nothing about what they are testing, for example knowing that the Benz Patent-Motorwagen in 1885 was the car that started it all!
21druvalcaba (8 days ago)
Actually its not the car that started it all the The Benz Patent Motor wagen the first vehicle in the world it was made in 1886
Madassassin A (9 days ago)
If you really want historical accuracy women shouldn't be driving it
Lucas De David (10 days ago)
This car would be a GREAT opportunity for Ford to make an electric contemporary version.
Al Grayson (10 days ago)
My Granddad was cranking his T with my Dad at the wheel. He moved the spark (advance/retard) lever too soon. The motor kicked back, breaking Granddaddy's arm.
jrag1000 (10 days ago)
No Driving an old Model T is exactly as hard as you think...
Kenton Dickerson (10 days ago)
They should have shown them starting the car with the crank.
Alex Hutson (10 days ago)
Why are those dumbasses driving it in the snow
Rocco Siffredi (11 days ago)
Need a few tommy guns
Rhea Malana (11 days ago)
Where can I get one ?
Doglake Make (11 days ago)
she said fast cars and they showed a camaro😂💀💀
Khaffit (11 days ago)
It was not the first tho :P
AbuN2286 (12 days ago)
Actually bLoOmbErG, since it's one of the first modern automobiles, i suspected it would be very difficult so hush...
Masvarn (12 days ago)
Can anyone tell me the fuel consumption in non-retard units?
GC (14 days ago)
Shut up woman
Mulberry2000 (15 days ago)
The model T did not start it all it gives the impression the Americans invented the car they did not
HolyMaryFullOfShit (15 days ago)
the automobile still is a german invention.
Waltsland1912 (15 days ago)
i love the the Ford Model T!
riv4lm4n (15 days ago)
mothfuging woman cant apressiate car woman bad
TheMainClan (16 days ago)
Here's a question I asked at the Henry Ford Museum to which they had no answer. If people like my family members in the 20s, would go to a Tigers game, drinking pitchers of beer then go outside to drive home to Bay City, since one out of four cars was a black model T, how did they find the right car? The cars didn't have keys, you could drive a different car home. I've got enough trouble now that all the cars seem to be of the same shapes, I miss the 50s styles.
Spurious Effect (17 days ago)
When they delivered my Great Grandfather''s Model T by train, a representative from Ford accompanied the delivery in order to teach him how to drive.
Tanel Murd (17 days ago)
amuricans, allways trying to take the glory but germans have beaten you far before.
g bridgman (17 days ago)
I'm surprised they took it out in bad weather.
Joseph Warren (17 days ago)
If one cannot master the Model T in 10 minutes, one ought not be driving at all: The most intuitive automobile ever made that can be readily serviced by its owner.
Dennis W (17 days ago)
Brake on the right? I would totally screw that one up.
Gerry Swetsky (17 days ago)
You twice mentioned that the Model T was the car that started it all. Started WHAT all? It wasn't the world's first anything! It was popular because Henry Ford came up with a way to sell a car at a price low enough that anybody could afford one. That and it was manufactured on an assembly line. Other than for that, it was hard to drive, underpowered and it frequently broke down.
Brennan Ball (18 days ago)
That car is absolutely gorgeous
GregoryTheGr8ster (18 days ago)
But smog, global warming, and road rage were born along with the Model T.
dd1781 (18 days ago)
Only two women would drive that car around in the snow and salt. Great job, ladies.
Henry Nguyễn (18 days ago)
Great ;)
Jg3000 (19 days ago)
Ford should make a modern T.
The Benz Patented Moterwagen was the true first automobile. The assembly line is what made the Model T so successful. The Model T popularized the automobile industry, it didn't create it.
Dan Jakubik (21 days ago)
The famous automobile that started the mass production revolution of automobile manufacturing.
Keisuke Takahasi (21 days ago)
wait what? i want test drive cars for a living too lol and also the model t didnt start it all... typical american pride 20 mpg? or 11,8l/100km (if you live in a normal country) is better than most cars in the us? lol here only sportscars or big suvs need that much...
Sam Drake (21 days ago)
Perhaps people think all cars started w power steering, aligned wheels, etc. They were breaking ground with these cars and those folks didn't know any diff.
Anthony Mendenhall (22 days ago)
20MPG is pretty decent for a 1910's car
Mint. (24 days ago)
Why are they driving it on salty winter roads?
That M3talhead (24 days ago)
20 mpg? Wow that's impressive for back then
Dane Hartsough (25 days ago)
Technically the 1886 Mercedes Benz horse wagon looking car started all of cars from go karts to supercars the model t was made second
Google User (25 days ago)
So many knuckleheads indignant at her not saying Benz was the first motorcar. Yeah we know, we know. She didn't say Model T was the first car. She meant that the Model T started the mass-car craze in the US because it was affordable. Production of the Model T was over 15 million.
stponie (26 days ago)
*GAS GAS GAS*
hpgl2 (26 days ago)
When the world's oil is gone in a few years we'll know where it all went.
DiggityDave83 (26 days ago)
Any car is hard to drive when you're a woman~ :P
Arrabella_MS (26 days ago)
I drove a model T with a belt transmission, n it was fun
Sir Jhonson (27 days ago)
My grandpa said they sowed a piece of leather to make a belt for the transmition
Nipplehook (27 days ago)
Amazing vehicle, I cant believe it can haul two dish washers.
pakistani torque (27 days ago)
In pakistan we get a new 30 hp suzuki mehran in 2018 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James Smith (28 days ago)
When Ford was All American.
radicalone71 (28 days ago)
Still more reliable than a Chevy
Mudflap2020 (29 days ago)
But can you turbo it?
Daniel Godfrey (29 days ago)
I have 2 Ford Model T tractors. Original Model T.
Leon von Heimendahl (29 days ago)
but the car is a german invention
w23857980 (1 month ago)
It's like time travel.
Joel Walker (1 month ago)
I am not even a car guy and want one now.
opine (1 month ago)
all you people that voted down, turn in your man cards.
Fede Caro Giusto (1 month ago)
es del año 1990?
Fede Caro Giusto (1 month ago)
este auto es del año 1990
Niels Vantilburg (1 month ago)
wait 20hp? doesn't sound that bad for a car that old.
Doug sillig (1 month ago)
Letting 2 women drive a museum piece on ice, that's brave
Lance Combes (1 month ago)
Just too bad that Henry Ford was a fucking antisemitic faggot, I hope his well deserved death was painful and lonely.
Yi (1 month ago)
It is beautiful!
Dimitris Χ. (1 month ago)
When every car was a unique piece of art. And also exciting and difficult to drive. Beautifull car.
Gregory Everson (1 month ago)
wanna know the best part of it? Henry paid his workers well so they might buy his car
Me want it.
robertjamesm (1 month ago)
They forgot how to crank it!
david (1 month ago)
Women didn’t wreck the car. Surprised.
santiago hernandez (1 month ago)
It's like driving some lawn mowers I bet! it has no gas peddle. just a beak and a lever to slow down and go faster.
Erika Palacios (1 month ago)
Its so pretty
artmario (1 month ago)
And now we have the model 3.
Dhimas Afihandarin (1 month ago)
Thanks, Just found out that it doesn't have gas pedal. wow.
Lupe Valdez (1 month ago)
We have one at home
Jack Griffin (1 month ago)
It's so cool looking tho
TheHeadHunter1000 (1 month ago)
Driving through water like that is impressive. Most modern cars that suck up enough water through the intake can result in hydro-locking. If not worse. A piston going through the engine block.
Matthew Arden-Sonego (1 month ago)
haha you show a camero for a "fast" car.
Lee Borders (1 month ago)
Ford products belong in the dumb.
dudevinci (1 month ago)
Its not really hard to drive, but women can't even drive modern cars so I guess this is like rocket science to them
Δήμιος (1 month ago)
add a hayabusa engine
Bl U (1 month ago)
And people say that Ford was an evil capitalist that contributed nothing to anyone.
MaceGaming53 (1 month ago)
This thing has better gas mileage than my SUV
Anime Fan (1 month ago)
Honestly, one of my life goals is to own & drive a Ford Model T
Yartin (1 month ago)
Wait.... How does one get a job test driving cars?
A (1 month ago)
WOMEN DRIVING LOL
Zaob Min (1 month ago)
I WANT those cars to return with electric motors
Vela Industries Inc (1 month ago)
Ford should be making model T rather than junks they produce now
Digital Artz (1 month ago)
But hendry ford stole that design from Patterson Automobile ,that’s why ford was known for mass production not inventing the car

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