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tin liz·zie

n. Slang
A dilapidated or cheap car.

[After Tin Lizzie, , nickname for the Ford Model T automobile, perhaps from Lizzie, name commonly given to horses, nickname for Elizabeth.]

tin lizzie

(Automotive Engineering) informal an old or decrepit car; jalopy
[originally a nickname for the Model T Ford]
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My first experience with a LIST claim was my fourth assigned loss back in 1967, and LIST was an ancient problem even then, probably dating back to the Tin Lizzies (Model T Fords).
A year later, he brought in Hawaii's first shipment of Tin Lizzies, staking his future on the horseless carriage.
In the old photographs the black clunky cars stick out - solid rows of tin lizzies - Model T Fords - black by Henry Ford's mandate and angle-parked along Main Street.