Oldest surviving Model A Ford returns home

Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Co. brings home the oldest surviving Ford product, a 1903 Model A, at an employee event. Ford also revealed plans for the 150th anniversary of the birth of his great grandfather, Henry Ford, which will take place during 2013.

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A key part of Ford Motor Company’s heritage returns home as a Model A built in 1903 is again with the Ford family, kicking off the yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of company founder Henry Ford.

Considered the oldest surviving Ford vehicle, the 1903 Model A was unveiled in mid-December to Ford Motor Company employees by Executive Chairman Bill Ford, who purchased the vehicle at an auction in October.

“The timing was perfect to bring this key part of Ford heritage back to the family as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of my great-grandfather’s birth and his vision to improve people’s lives by making cars affordable for the average family,” said Bill Ford.

“His vision to build cars that are reasonably priced, reliable and efficient still resonates and defines our vision today as well.”

Henry Ford’s 150th legacy will be celebrated in 2013 through a variety of events. Some of these include tours, educational programming, dramatic re-enactments, lectures, integration and special events at auto shows and more.

The Model A returning home played a pivotal role in Ford Motor Company history.

In July 1903, Henry Ford faced a daunting situation. The company’s cash balance stood at less than $250. A much-needed cash infusion arrived on July 13, 1903 – one full payment and two deposits totaling $1,320 for three Model A cars kept Ford Motor Company afloat.

The car revealed pictured is a red 1903 Model A Rear Entry Tonneau. It is believed to be car No. 3, chassis No. 30, and the lone survivor of the group of three Model A cars sold on that day.

“The Model A helped keep our company going during a difficult time and enabled my great-grandfather to continue pursuing his vision of putting the world on wheels,” said Bill Ford. “We look forward to carrying that same spirit of innovation forward as we develop new technologies for safer, cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.”

A dedicated website, www.henryford150.com, has also been launched and it includes an interactive timeline of Ford’s life, tours, a calendar of the planned 2013 events and information about efforts to preserve Henry Ford’s heritage.


  1. Jon Wilson says:

    I love those Model A’s, especially the 1928-1931 newer versions

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