In the late 1800s, automobiles were the work of individual artisans who carefully crafted their creations from start to finish. The process was slow and painstaking, and each finished product was a little different than the others. They were also incredibly expensive, which is why only the wealthy owned them.

Then about a century ago, Henry Ford transformed the world with his Model T, the first automobile to apply the principles of mass production. Other manufacturing sectors quickly adopted Ford’s methods, and individualization took a back seat.

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