You are here: Articles > Cars > Unique Cars

Ford Model T Turns 100


This old car is the iconic Ford Model T turns 100. The preparations for the celebration of its 100th anniversary are underway, as announced by Ford. The celebrations will start when Ford will present collection of historic Model T cars at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

The first Ford Model T was built on October 1, 1908 and was powered by a 20 hp, 4-cylinder engine and had a top speed 45 mph.

Press Release

The car that put the world on wheels, the Ford Model T, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008 and Ford is planning a year-long series of celebrations to honor the iconic vehicle.

Celebrations will officially commence at the 2008 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Amelia Island, Fla., March 7-9. Ford has many other regional events in the works for a year filled with celebrations, including a special Model T display at the West Coast’s largest Ford enthusiast car show - the Fabulous Fords Forever! event at Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Park in Anaheim, Calif., on Apr. 20th. In July, Ford Motor Company will be the title sponsor of the Model T Ford Club of America’s “T Party 2008” that will be held in Richmond, Ind.

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Among the fine collection of automobiles that will be displayed at the 2008 Amelia Island Concours this weekend will be a class of special Model Ts featured on the “Field of Dreams,” one of the premier locations at the event. This display will recognize this historic automobile and its contribution to America’s emergence as an industrial power in the early 1900s.

Close to 20,000 spectators and automobile aficionados will attend the weekend’s Concours activities, helping Ford kickoff the T Party 2008

Ford Motor Company, with support from Ford Motor Company Fund, is the title sponsor for the “T Party 2008” celebration hosted by the Model T Ford Club of America, which plans to bring in close to 1,000 Model Ts for this significant milestone.

The “T Party 2008” will be held July 21-26 in Richmond, Ind., and is expected to be the largest gathering of Model Ts since they left the factory. The weeklong centennial celebration will draw over ten thousand Model T owners and enthusiasts from around the world. More than 700 Model Ts are already registered for the event, including entries from England, Norway, Australia and New Zealand.

“The support and response we’re receiving around the T Party has been phenomenal. The Model T Ford Club of America has been looking forward to celebrating this milestone for many years,” said Jay Klehfoth, chief executive officer, Model T Ford Club of America. “We’re thankful for Ford’s support in helping bring this event alive to the thousands of Model T enthusiasts who will join us from around the world.”

One hundred years ago, the Ford Model T changed the world with its technology and the same concept has lived with Ford ever since.

“The Ford Model T is rightly credited with putting the world on wheels, and its influence can still be felt today,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We’re proud to join in the celebration of one hundred years of fantastic Ford heritage and innovation with Model T enthusiasts from around the world, and we look forward to carrying the legacy and spirit of the Model T into the future.”

For more information on the “T Party 2008” centennial celebration, please visit Additional Model T centennial celebration events are being planned and will be announced later this year.

Ford Model T Facts

October 1, 1908 marks the anniversary of the first Model T built for sale.

The Model T was the first low-priced, mass-produced automobile with standard, interchangeable parts.

The Model T was equipped with a 20-horsepower, four-cylinder engine with a top speed of about 45 miles per hour, weighed 1,200 pounds, and achieved 13-21 miles per gallon.

The moving assembly line for the Model T revolutionized manufacturing in 1913.

More than 15 Million Model T’s had been sold by May 26, 1927, when a ceremony marked the formal end of Model T production.

Henry Ford called the Model T “the universal car,” a low-cost, reliable vehicle that could be maintained easily and could successfully travel the poor roads of the era.

On Dec. 18, 1999, the Ford Model T was named “Car of the Century” by a panel of 133 automotive journalists and experts who began with a list of 700 candidates in 1996 and sequentially narrowed the nominees through seven rounds of balloting over three years.



Ford Model T Turns 100

Also see ...

Konigseder smart 451 ForTwo Car
 Konigseder smart 451 ForTwo addresses itself to customers that live in warmer areas. Based on the cabriolet version of the mini, the Konigseder smart 451 ForTwo is not focused on power upgrades, but all the attention has been given to the design from the Austrian tuner. Konigseder smart 451 ForTwo body has been styled to look more aggressive with 3 cm wider than the standard version and also equipped with larger wheel arches and new front and rear spoilers. Konigseder smart 451 ForTwo comes with floral shaped stickers over a white paint finish, and it sits on 7,5 and 9,5×17 wheels and Eibach sport springs. The Konigseder smart 451 ForTwo interior features king carpets made out of renewable raw material....

MINI Clubman Combas
 During this year, the Show of Contemporary Art in Paris Robert Combas, a painter french, assumed the position again this decoration MINI Clubman. Bret Emmanuel, the director of the MINI brand for France, said that the MINI Clubman is a symbol of contemporary art applied to the automotive industry, and we agree. The MINI Clubman, with its innumerable variations edited and customized is an expression of freedom and is one of the very few asymmetric cars on the market. Although this Clubman seems very interesting with the “clothes” you would not catch me driving through the city (it’s still a performance piece). What is your opinion?...

Nissan Denki Cube Concept
 Nissan presented the Nissan Denki Cube as its newest electric vehicle concept at this year’s New York Auto Show. The Nissan Denki Cube is based on the Cube model that had its engine replaced with an electric motor and laminated lithium-ion batteries located under the floor and seats. Another difference between the Nissan Denki Cube concept and the production version is the lack of the third row of seats, the extra space being needed for the lithium-ion battery cells. The Nissan Denki Cube concept will be displayed from March 21 through March 30, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Press Release Nissan’s “Denki Cube” Electric Vehicle Concept Brings Distinctive Spirit Into Play in New York Auto Show Debut New York City is about to get a lesson in what happens when geography meets geometry – specifically, when the world, which is round, meets the Nissan Cube, which is essentially square. The occasion is the world debut of the Nissan Denki (Japanese for “electric”) Cube Concept at...

PGO Cevennes Turbo-CNG Convertible Sports Car
 The PGO Cevennes Turbo-CNG is a lightweight convertible sports car. The PGO Cevennes Turbo-CNG powered by a natural-gas-fueled, turbocharged, and have four cylinder engine. PGO is a French automobile manufacturer which began life constructing replica cars in the mid 1980’s. By 2003 PGO had unveiled a production version of their own design the Speedster II, which, like the Cevennes Turbo-CNG, bears more than a passing resemblance to the Porsche 356. The natural gas powered 2008 Cevennes Turbo-CNG is a development of the Speedster II and original petrol powered Cevennes model. While the styling and rounded profile of the Cevennes Turbo-CNG might be derived from a classic sports car, PGO have managed to inject a modern and fresh character into the car which is underlined by its unconventional and cleaner burning fuel source. Power for the PGO Cevennes Turbo-CNG comes from a turbocharged, 1.6 litre four cylinder engine which is modified to run on natural gas. Power output for the eng...

Scion Hako Coupe Car
 Scion Hako Coupe had been unveiled by Scion as the latest concept at the New York Auto Show. The Scion Hako Coupe was developed by the Tokyo Design Division and is influenced by youth-inspired trends. Other influences in the design of the Scion Hako Coupe concept are the Scion xB and the classic American coupes. The driver’s seat in the Scion Hako Coupe has a gaming theme while the shifter, located on the center console, resembles a large joystick. Press Release Scion Reveals Hako Coupe Concept At The 2008 New York International Auto Show Scion unveiled its Hako Coupe Concept vehicle at a press conference today at the New York International Auto Show. Scion’s Hako Coupe was developed by Tokyo Design Division, which studied global, youth-inspired trends. Japanese and American youth cultures often influence each other and are interpreted with a unique twist. The Hako Coupe Concept was inspired by the iconic xB and the emergence of American vintage style among young Tokyo tren...

SR 392 Roadster Car
 The custom SR 392 Roadster will be unveiled at this year’s SEMA show by Chrysler and Mopar. The SR 392 Roadster is the worlds first-ever steel reproduction of a 1927 street rod body and powered by a 392 HEMI Crate engine. The SR 392 Roadster designed by three car-crazy designers: Mark Allen, Michael Chetcuti, and Ralph Gilles....