On this date in 1927 the last Model T Ford rolled off the assembly line.
Thanks Dennis! It's good to know these things. Now if I could only remember 'em!
Hmmm, methinks not a day for joyous terpsichorean commemoration.
Geez, I had to look that word up.
As soon as production ended, Stanly and Ollie could begin the demolition process!
Hmmm, the Model T Club of Facebook has a post saying that today was the day that the 15 millionth Model T rolled off the line, was that the last one out of Highland Park? Didn't production continue for a while at some of the branch and overseas plants?
Skyler, one of my favorites.
We named our son Ollie but didn't name our daughter Stan.
Rich, That's a very nice drawing!
Mark, I think you're right. As I remember (dangerous), T's were still produced for several months past the end of May, especially overseas. I welcome comments from anyone with more knowledge on this topic.
Thanks Keith. Someone reported that car in a museum but I can't remember which one.
Regardless of the date it is sad to think about the end of Model T production.
Rich, about 5 years ago I saw that car at the Peterson Museum in downtown Los Angles & as far as I know, it's still there.
The Model T in the Peterson Museum is a fibreglass
Dennis, Keith, & Mark,
Lifted from the thread at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/708528.html?1483312503
We see that different sources state different ending times for the Model T Ford. Most use a date in late May 1927. Some use the date the 15,000,000 Ford came off the line May 25, 1927, Others use may 26, 1927.
The History Channel has May 26, 1927 see: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/last-day-of-model-t-production-at-for d .
The Official Ford Media site at: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2013/08/05/model-t-facts .html has: “A modest ceremony on May 26, 1927, marked the formal end of Model T production.” If anyone has information about that “modest ceremony” please let us know. There is always more to learn.
But we know that production of the Model T Fords actually continued past May 1927.
Bruce McCalley on page 536 of his book “Model T Ford” records that “A car bearing the engine number of 15,007,032 is reputed to be the last Model T Ford produced [implied at the Highland Park Plant]. From the engine log entry on the same page 536 we know the engine number was listed on the engine log for Jun 1, 1927. So the car would have been produced on or after Jun 1, 1927.
Of interest, while most folks are quick to include the Ton Trucks in the over 15,000,000 Model T Fords produced, for some reason the Ton Trucks (TTs) appear to be overlooked when considering when Model T Ford production stopped. Note, while Ford did need to retool for the production of the new Model A Ford, it was produced at the new “River Rouge” plant. The River Rouge plant was also the location of the Model T Ford engine production and had been since Jan 1925 when it became the primary engine production facility (ref page 532 Bruce McCalley) On page 536 Bruce has a note Engine production, for the most part listed as “truck” continued through the year [i.e. May – Dec 1927 69,198 engines were built]. Some of those would have been sent to branch assembly plants but I suspect BUT I NEED SO PROOF ONE WAY OR THE OTHER that Ton Truck production continued at the Highland Park plant past the date that automobile production ceased. If anyone has some documentation or leads to help resolve that one way or the other, it would be appreciated.
At: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/411944/504337.html?1419940213 Fred Miller strongly believes the TT production continued at Highland Park after the car production ended. He was hopeful that he would be able to visit the Benson Ford Archives to verify that. But I have not hear if he was able to make his trip or not.
And in some cases we have the documented date of the last car produced at a Ford Assembly Plant.
For example at:
From Dave Henry’s posting at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/411944/504337.html?1419940213 we know that the last Model T assembled at the Louisville KY assembly plant was a Tudor (motor number 14,987,899 ) on Jul 3 1927. [The engine number is listed under May 23, 1927 of the engine logs. So for this car it was a little over a month between the engine number being entered in the engine log and the car being assembled. ]
Niels Andersen on Sunday, January 01, 2017 - 06:15 pm:
In this thread: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/411944/477877.html?1410464899 documented that Model T Ford frame no.15,007,600 had been the authentic part of a Model T Ford 1927 Touring car assembled in the Copenhagen plant in July 1927 and was registered as new on July 22,1927.
Its engine number had been recorded in the engine logs on June 2,1927 in Detroit. And in this case the engine most likely would have been assembled in the USA and shipped overseas. Instead of being like the 4000 engine numbers that were sent to Manchester, England on May 24, 1927 to be stamped onto completed engine & transmission assemblies produced in England. (Ref page 536 again).
Ref page 231 “English Model T Ford” book, the last Manchester Model T Car was assembled at the Trafford Park Plant on 19 Aug 1927.
Ref page 231 “English Model T Ford” book, the last Model T car assembled at Cork, Ireland was Dec 31, 1927.
If anyone has the documented date for the last Ford car or truck off an assembly line (or if it was before 1913 --- out of the factory), please let us know. Or leads on where we might find that information. For that matter the date of the first car from a factory would also be nice to document.
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But...But...But...Hap I read it on the internet! In the "Today in History section" and we all know everything is the gospel truth that is on the internet!
I think we are really blessed that we have the internet today. What used to take weeks for a snail mail letter to go over and come back from overseas, now only takes the time to type it out. And the internet search capability has helped out a lot in finding details that previously were hidden in newspapers, magazines, books etc. that have been digitized. And yes, there are things that are wrong -- including some of my postings etc. But I think it is doing more good than harm to our hobby and knowledge about the cars. Rob's information about the Model K was there 50 years ago (actually further back than that) but a person would have had to travel to numerous cities to read it.
So for folks like me -- it has been a real help to research. And it also helps me avoid the yard work....
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T s are neat cars well worth having in your collection and we wouldn't have the A model if they wouldn't have stopped T production. Tim