Not sure if this was ever posted here. I thought it was interesting enough though. The main floor showroom in now a restaurant, they have Model T pictures on the walls there and I have even had lunch there. I sure would like to own a car that was built at that plant if there was a way to confirm it.
I like the picture of the early 1915 runabout with straight rear fenders.
I like the Coupelet -Far Right
The picture of the building looks a lot like the one I remember in Winnipeg on Portage Avenue. When I was an apprentice in the '50s it was a government trade school.
In that article, there's a really nice image of a brass roadster pick-up.
I wasn't aware that Ford built pick-ups so would that be a "factory" built vehicle or specially made?
On that Roadster Pickup, check out the Prest - O - Lite tank, and it doesn't have any regulator. I would guess that this was a dealer built body, and it's a really nice job.
Ken, that building and pretty much every other Ford factory looked much the same. Five or six floors with the top windows arched. I'm guessing it was another Albert Kahn special. I don't know if he worked here in Canada or not.
Rob, Ford didn't build pickups until 1925 so that one is a conversion.
BTW, the other Toronto Ford factory mentioned in the article that was built in the '20s is also still standing. It is now Shoppers World Mall. I used to shop there in the '70s and never knew what it had been. Both factories were directly in front of railway lines as Ford always wanted.
This is the second Toronto plant in the far east end of the city.
I don't think anyone remembered the '20's to '50's plant on the Danforth where Shopper World is when you lived there. I recall an item on the news during a renovation in the '90's of underground fluid storage tank being found.
Interesting Steven. I recall seeing part of the parking lot being dug up around that time. I thought it was mall expansion. They were probably removing the tank. This is the first time I've looked at the property from above. Obviously the buildings in the foreground are modern mall structures. It is the light coloured building on the left that was the Ford plant.
I found some interesting history here.
This is the photo of the pick-up,
It carries Ford's 1914 Michigan Manufacturer's license plate, 5005M. That would seem to indicate the pick-up was assembled and tagged by the Ford factory in Detroit.
Also, the wood cases stacked behind the car are labeled "Detroit Motor Car Supply Company". They were a supplier of passenger and commercial bodies to Ford Motor Company.
The gas headlights must be Victor or Corcoran going by the door rim. They are not John Browns but have both door hinges on the right side.
Ken in Texas
Here is the Model T plant being built in 1921. Next is how the building looked for decades and finally, the original Ford plant rediscovered during recent renovations.
I am particularly interested in any of the Canadian Ford
Plants,because of our Australian connection to Ford Canada.
I looked up the name on the above photo, and it would appear that Anglin - Norcross Ltd. were the builders of the Albert Khan designed Plant.
Best regards, John Page, Australia.
Glad to help John. Today, my wife and I had lunch in the showroom of the first Model T plant on Dupont Street in Toronto and I have plenty to show you.Here are pics I took today
Check back in a few minutes, I have more to post.
Thankfully, the current owners love the history of the building. Look close, there is a Model T on the main floor and another on the second floor.
Some history on the walls.
This is not the pic that was posted earlier. Note that this is a Touring Car instead of a Runabout. Look at the building pillars and compare to this pic I took of the cafe.
'27 Canadian Touring on main floor. '26 Canadian Coupe on second floor.
The original freight elevator that moved cars between floors and also to the test track on the roof. It still works and is used daily. The sixth floor button has been blanked out because it no longer goes to the roof.
The Ford power plant. It was a Bentley automobile showroom until very recently. That's everything folks. Enjoy.
I wonder if anyone here owns either of the Model Ts on display in the photos above. I never thought to ask where they came from.
This former Ford plant - a lovely building indeed, is very close to my heart. I was born in Toronto, and from 1948 to 1952 the annual Santa Claus parade started each year, on the opposite corner, on Dupont Street. As I lived very close, my brothers and I were lined up on the curb, in the cold and snow fall, to watch the parade when it finally got underway.During those years the building was occupied by Planters Peanuts, not Ford. Great photos and many memories. Tom Forsythe
Good to hear Tom. Hopefully you can have lunch or dinner there if you ever swing through Toronto again. They serve pretty good food and beers there. I'm not sure what Henry Ford would think of liquor bottles in his showroom though. If the current owner keeps going, we might wind up with a Model T museum in Canada.