1908 Ford Model T - 100th Anniversary Tour
HISTORIC FORD SITES COLLABORATE FOR MODEL T 100TH ANNIVESARY TOUR
Centennial motorcade celebrates Henry Ford’s universal car with visits to Detroit area Model T landmarks
Dearborn, MI, September 27, 2008 – On this day 100 years ago, production began for the legendary Ford Model T. More than 15 million models sold and billions of miles driven, “the machine that changed the world” is celebrating its 100th birthday with a commemorative motorcade that will visit five landmarks that played prominent roles in Ford Motor Company’s illustrious history.
A motorcade comprised of Model Ts and other Ford historical vehicles will gather at Ford World Headquarters to kick-off festivities marking the centennial anniversary, before moving on to the birthplace of the Model T, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit.
“The Model T put the world on wheels and did more, possibly, to restructure the fabric of society than any other single innovation in the 20th century,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s Group Vice President, Marketing and Communications. “Today is a special day for Ford Motor Company as the culmination of the centennial activities draws to a close and we recognize these historic landmarks that ultimately shaped the American landscape."
“Over the many months of celebrations, we’ve been honored to join the thousands of employees, dealers, retirees and Model T enthusiasts who rallied around this historic milestone to recognize Ford’s legacy of innovation – delivering smart, affordable transportation for the masses,” said Farley.
From the Piquette Plant, where a renovated façade will be unveiled, the motorcade will proceed through Detroit, along Lakeshore Drive to the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House where a special announcement will be made by the new president for the House, Kathleen Mullins.
The motorcade will then travel to the Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane in Dearborn, where guests will be welcomed by Dearborn Mayor, John B. O'Reilly, Jr., and enjoy a host of 1920’s activities, children’s games and entertainment.
Finally, the motorcade will find its way to The Henry Ford, America’s greatest history attraction, for the last celebration. Guests will assemble in the Josephine Ford Plaza at Greenfield Village and be welcomed by the Village Quartet and Village Trio, singing authentic Model T songs.
“This collaboration between Ford Motor Company, The Henry Ford, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, the Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane and the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a unique way to tell the story of Henry Ford and the Model T both visually and viscerally,” said Gary R. Familian, Managing Director of MotorCities National Heritage Area. “It will help people to get a better feeling for how Mr. Ford lived his life and the places that helped shape him as an auto pioneer. We hope this will be the first of much collaboration.”
Schedule of Events:
9:00 AM Participants arrive at Ford World Headquarters, Visitor Parking Lot off of Michigan Ave. (One American Road, Dearborn, MI 48126)
10:30 AM Motorcade arrives at Ford Piquette Avenue Plant; (461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202)
12:15 PM Motorcade arrives at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236)
2:30 PM Motorcade arrives at Henry Ford Estate –Fair Lane (4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128)
3:50 PM Motorcade arrives at The Henry Ford (20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124)
5:00 PM Event concludes
About MotorCities National Heritage Area
The programs and activities of the MotorCities National Heritage Area are designed to increase tourism throughout the State of Michigan; develop and deploy educational and informational programs that tell the story of the automobile industry and labor in our region; and encourage revitalization through conservation. MotorCities was designated by Congress in 1998 and is currently one of 40 National Heritage Areas in the United States. For more information, please visit www.motorcities.org.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 229,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit our website at www.ford.com.
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The cost of the first Model T was only $850 in 1908. By the time Henry Ford implemented his assembly-line...
05/30/2013 - adler100
Model T Ford was 1st sold in 1908. Margaret's Dad taught her 2 drive on his; she's been in love with cars ever since. Still driving at 103.
05/30/2013 - SandraD102 - link
The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie) The Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the...
05/25/2013 - go_auto
The first was actually built in 1891 by William Morrison. Henry then introduced the gas-powered Model T in 1908.
05/23/2013 - fetch6
@KRuddMP Where is Henry Ford of to day.To build affordable Electric car.Model T $825 in 1908,$21,000 today.
05/23/2013 - AutoMinute
@Newsy_Girl In 1908 Ford introduced the first engine with a removable cylinder head, in the Model T.
05/23/2013 - bridawson
Whoa. Ford's Model T could get 25mpg in 1908, the average car today gets 20mpg.
05/14/2013 - SPUNSTAR - link
Henry Ford (1863-1947) In 1908, Henry Ford unveiled the Model T â€” â€śA car for anybody and everybody.â€ť By...
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A 1908 Ford Model T and 17 other vehicles from 1904 to 1930 will be at the Deal Motor Show on 25 May 2013
05/06/2013 - McKinneyLogan
Fun Fact of the Day: From 1908-1927, the price of a Ford Model T decreased from $850 to $300.
05/06/2013 - jlvanfosson - link
1908 Model T Badge
05/03/2013 - AffordAutoChico
When Henry introduced his Model-T to the masses on Oct. 1st, 1908, the average price of gas was 20 cents/gallon. via @ActionNews1224
05/02/2013 - rc_thomps
October 1908. The last time the won the World Series was the same month Ford began producing the Model T.
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When Henry Ford introduced his Model-T to the masses on October 1st, 1908, the average price of gas was 20...
04/28/2013 - LakeChumley
Ford says Model T (1908-1927) got 13-21mpg. 100 years of innovation later, my Ford getsâ€¦20mpg.
04/21/2013 - AaronKershaw1
@KayleighHobbs @NeilKay116 haha. Can I correct. The year thay Neil was this age was 1908, it must have been a Ford Model T.
04/18/2013 - OwenBednasz
I'm researching about the 1908 model T ford and the mpg was averaging around 16 to 21
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introduced the Model T on October 1, 1908. (Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford)
04/11/2013 - BrookeLinsey
1908 Henry Ford's first model T is made with Hemp plastic and runs on Hemp Ethanol.
04/09/2013 - KilgoreGailmard
the george foreman grill is the most innovative production of american technology since henry ford invented the model t in 1908
04/05/2013 - RBruceSinclair - link
Ford released 19 models from 1903-1908, then dominated the market w/ the Model T for 20 yrs.
04/05/2013 - SnelsonRepair
Which automobile offered the largest engine in 1908, the Hupmobile or Model-T Ford?
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5 Trends Driving the Future of Human Services - Henry Ford unveiled the Model T in 1908 in a defining moment...
03/30/2013 - caseymorrison
A 1908 Model T was more efficient than the most popular vehicle 100 years later, the Ford Explorer.. (HT @sebpaquet)
03/27/2013 - JudeClemente
DID YOU KNOW: Ford's 1908 Model T got roughly 17 mpg. Ford's new 2013 Ford Taurus gets 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg highway.
03/21/2013 - fliberdigibbet
In 1908 Ford Model T boasted a fuel economy of 25 mpg Yet 100 years later, the EPA average mileage for all cars was still under 21 mpg.
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From WikipediaThe Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, Tâ€‘Model Ford, or T) is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from September 1908 to October 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this was because of Ford's innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.
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