A nice, low-key educational (mainly) Model T show at a local Ford dealer. They put us in a perfect area right next to the street. I think the sign is appropriate.
Any suggestions for a possible sales-pitch being given here?
"It was owned by a little old lady who only drove it to church on Sunday..."
Ran when parked.
"Fully Loaded" ?
"J.W. Powers rated 'best in class' for 1912 !"
"All the latest safety features !"
"Won't go fast, but it goes pretty far !"
Those are Casual T's. We were on our color tour and stopped at the dealership for coffee and donuts.
That's great Brian! When you consider what an "attention-getter" a front row lineup like that would command, I can't imagine why any Ford dealer would not co-operate with a Model "T" Club that wanted to put on a similar show! It's a neat way for a Ford dealer to say to all passer-bys,....."this is where we started and we're still hangn' in there!"
P.S. Nice post and nice picture too!
Burger - I'd add to your list,....."long-lasting"!
Larry, unless we're growing Palm trees here in Romeo I think it's California!
Defined as an individual that of his or her own free will purchased new from an appropriate dealer, using his or her own means (money or credit), a (then) current new model of T Ford (1908 through 1927). I wonder if any "original owner" of a model T Ford is still alive? (Whether he or she still has the car or not)
Makes me feel old to realize that this has become a valid question, and I can remember meeting people that fought in the Civil War.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I was standing there ogling the lineup and fortunately the sign caught my eye.
Brian - One more comes to mind,......the Ford slogan, "built Ford tough" still seems to apply nowadays, except you could add a bit to it.
"Built Ford Tough",...(even a hundred years ago!)
Wayne, you've met Civil War veterans? Must have been in the 40's?
Grady Puryear described his meetings with Confederate veterans during the 30's and 40's in this thread: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/47640.html?1204204441 (his post from February 11, 2008 - 07:23 pm)
I think it would be hard but not impossible to find an original owner still alive. Most buyers were likely male and at least 25. There are no males left in the USA that were 25 in 1927, the currently oldest men were born in 1904 while the oldest living lady was born in 1898. Still possible someone 16(+) years old in 1927 and thus 103(+) years old was wealthy enough to buy a Ford or got the car as a present from parents like the 1928 Rolls Royce Allen Swift got from his parents as a graduation gift in 1928: http://02ea68d.netsolhost.com/case-16-rr-picadilly.html
Roger, In the mid to late '50s, I was about five to seven, didn't really appreciate it at the time. The elderly man was slightly over 100 and had been a young teenager at the time of the Civil War.
I don't know what it was that made me think of the "surviving model T original owner" question a couple months ago. But my math matches yours. I wonder when (if) the last one left? This is the first time that I have openly asked it.
Time marches on. We just go for the ride.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Your right Bill. I did not see the Palm tree. You could have taken an 'almost' identical picture of our cars at the dealership.
how about "This is your Grandfathers Model T"
(if you are under 30 it could be your Great-Grandfathers Model"T")
My late father bought a new T in 1923, when he was about 24. He died in 1980. He earned the money for the car in the winter of 1922-3, running muskrat trap lines on ice skates for six weeks on the North Platte river.
This was the day of their wedding in April 1924, in western Nebraska.
I am betting it is near impossible to find anyone today who knew a Civil War veteran !
Burger, the last verified veteran died in 1956.
Albert Woolson (1848–1956) was the last Union veteran, a young drummer that didn't see battle. The last combat veteran was James Hard (1843-1953).
Pleasant Crump (1847–1951) is the last verified Confederate veteran. There were many later claimants, none could be verified since they may have forged claims during the days of the great depression to get veteran's pensions. The pensions were also a "bait" that made it possible for many elderly veterans to marry young brides after being widowed, so the last known confederate veteran's widow died as late as 2008 (Maudie Hopkins, born 1914)..
So there are still people living that have met civil war veterans - and perhaps knew them.
(Message edited by Roger K on December 08, 2014)
This event happened at McCoy-Mills Ford in Fullerton, Ca. We had 17 Ts, a 1908 Buick, a 1927 Chevy and a 1958 Ford retractable hardtop. A nice bonus was a 1969 NASCAR Ford Talladaga 429 that made quite a rumble when it runs.
We provided the cars and the public stopped by to look them over. The folks at the Ford dealer fed all comers hot dogs & hamburgers. It was a nice day.
My very long term project mostly 1923 Runabout put in its first public appearance in 18 months. It did well enough on this short trip that I attempted the club Christmas party the following day. "My Problem Child" did pretty well both days.