tin lizzie


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tin liz·zie

 (lĭz′ē)
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

(ˈlɪzɪ)
n
(Automotive Engineering) informal an old or decrepit car; jalopy
[originally a nickname for the Model T Ford]
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1908: The first Model T Ford, affectionately known as the"Tin Lizzie", came off the production line, replacing the Model A.
| 1908: The first Model T Ford, affectionately known as the "Tin Lizzie", came off the production line, replacing the Model A.
1927: The last "Tin Lizzie" car came off the production line, almost unchanged since it was introduced as the model T Ford in 1908.
THE fourth-generation Focus, first introduced at the end of 2014 as both a hatchback and estate car, was designed to appeal to driver and passenger alike, just as Ford's original Model T Tin Lizzie did more than a century ago.
THE fourth-generation Focus, rst introduced at the end of 2014 as both a hatchback and estate car, was designed to appeal to driver and passenger alike, just as Ford's original Model T Tin Lizzie did more than a century ago.
Which product was colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, Leaping Lena, or flivver?
Is the Christian-is-angry hue closer to Tin Lizzie or Cyberspace?
Calling them "tin" is as much a slur as a description, suggesting a cheap imitation (see: tinhorn, tin-pot, Tin Lizzie).
Be it the Tin Lizzie (the Ford Model T), which brought personal conveyance to the middle class American's doorstep in 1909, or the Rolls Royce K-Series, which transported Maharajas across the expanse of pre-Independence India in the 1920s, every four-wheeler that ever made its presence felt in the history of the automobile industry was in attendance at the vintage car show.
As a child her brothers nicknamed her Tin Lizzie, after a character from the comic Dandy, and she has lived up to the name ever since.
It didn't take long for inventors and tinkerers to see the possibilities of adapting the Tin Lizzie into a more or less serviceable farm engine for pulling the horse-drawn implements that every farmer then had, even though some experts said the Ford was entirely unsuitable.
Apparently we were shaming the establishment with our "tin Lizzie." We had to park on a side street about a mile away.