That reminded me of a story from a number of years ago (when you went inside the station with your credit card and it was run through a mechanical device that put the impression of the card onto a charge slip). A governor of Missouri was on his way back to Jefferson City with his Highway Patrol driver and they stopped for gas. The governor went inside with his card while the driver filled the tank. In those days, you had to add your license number to the charge slip. As the governor was preparing to sign, the driver walked in and the governor asked him, "What's our license number?" The driver looked at him and said, "Uh... 1, Governor."
Here is a good reference for you regarding automobile registration in Detroit which became effective on December 1, 1903:
The next time you are in the BFRC look for Mr. Ford's Canadian 1906 license registration for his Model N in the Fairlane Papers. Check out the serial number of the car!
Is it this car?
Is there any hint then that Mr.Ford hung onto Model T 999 and is it known to exist today?
Interesting web site, although their data does need some checking. From inception in 1903 to sometime in 1910 Ford Motor Company was wholly within the City of Detroit. Sometime in 1910 they moved to the new Highland Park Plant, just north of the City of Detroit. During World War I, Ford started producing Eagle Boats for the Navy at a new plant in Dearborn called River Rouge Plant. This is in the 1917-17 time frame.
April 29, 1909:
No, it was a Model N.
The car that is the subject of the article "Lancia wants 999" is Model N 999.
A little more checking. The article says Mr. Ford took a newly completed 999 (N) to the Vanderbilt races. The races were held in early October, 1906. I see from your database research N #991 is listed on October 5, so #999 may very well have been completed in this timeframe.
(Message edited by Rob on December 02, 2015)
One can only sympathize with the design of J. S. Hunterís number 992.
A curious name for the make.....
I collected all the licenses, 1 - 1,000 as reported in the Detroit Free Press. If anyone would like to look at or copy them, open this Dropbox link:
If you know of anyone with an early Detroit car and known owner, they may be able to verify the original owner, and original license number.
A few excerpts. C. H. Wills had one of the earliest Ford registrations:
Edison Illuminating Co. Had a few Ford's registered too:
About 80 of the first 1,000 cars registered in Detroit were Ford's (8%). I thought this was pretty good for a company that had only been in business a little over a year.
(Message edited by Rob on December 03, 2015)
There that word is again[Doing's].I can remember a couple of old timers talking of going to the doing's!! Keep up the good work please and thank's Rob.
"Guess what the number was"....I didn't even get a chance to guess and you already printed the answer! And I wanted to win the lollypop for getting the correct answer. so now I won't have anything to put under my Christmas tree this year.
Always a lot of "doings" around the holidays.
No problem. You may try to guess what the plate number was on Mr. Ford's Model K. I think I have a photo of it, but that's for another thread.