|The automobile was destined to change the shape of America. In 1902, Henry Ford built a race car called the "999," which set a new speed record at 70 miles per hour. He went on in 1903 to begin production of the "Model A." In 1908 the "Model T" line was begun; it was sold for $845. By improving its production method, Ford was able to drop the price of the auto to $290. By 1927, Ford had sold 15 million cars.