Ford model T

In the 70s a co-worker bought one as a family car. The parts he priced out beforehand, and they were cheaper than typical GM parts. Standard repair times were also less. The tons of room in the backseat with the 2 little jump seats was great for carrying additional kids.

The bumpers were truly massive as well. I don’t know how long he kept the car, but he was aiming for 500,000 miles.

And BTW, to see just how simple things were in the early years of internal combustion engines, check out an old flywheel engine, most notably a Fairbanks-Morse. I went to a Flywheel Festival and saw the open crankcase engines from 3 to 28 horsepower and it was quite enlightening. The cam only opened the exhaust valve on these engines…