On 1 October 1908, Ford’s Model T car was put on the market at a price of US$825.
It was called “Model T” because it followed Model S and was colloquially known as the “Tin Lizzie” or “ Leaping Lena”
It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, because the assembly line production was used instead of individual hand crafting, which increased productivity.
It opened travel to the common middle-class American and was prized for its low cost, durability, versatility, and ease of maintenance.
In “Brave New World” the dystopian novel that Aldous Huxley wrote in 1931 and published in 1932 Henry Ford is a sort of god-like figure.
The novel is set the World State city of London, in the year AF 632.
AF stands for After Ford and AF 632 corresponds to the year 2540 in our Gregorian calendar; that fictional era began when Ford introduced his Model T.
This choice reveals the World State’s ideals: mass production and assembly line and the almost religious regard in technology: “AF” replaced the calendar system which begins with the birth of Jesus: “AD” (Anno Domini, meaning “in the year of the Lord”).