It was Henry's intention to produce the largest number of cars, to the simplest design, for the lowest possible cost. At Highland Park, Model T production reached record levels, with a complete car leaving the line every 10 seconds of every working day.
Henry remained at the helm of Ford Motor Company for the rest of his life, sharing duties with his son Edsel. On his 83rd birthday, over 50,000 people cheered for him in Dearborn at a special party.
Henry Ford died at his home, in Fairlane in Dearborn, on 7 April 1947, at 11.40pm. He was 83. At the time of his death, the local Rouge River had flooded causing a local power cut. With kerosene lamps and candles lit, the scene must have been more reminiscent of his birth 83 years earlier.