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Ford Model T Turns 100: centennial celebrations underway

The car that put the world on wheels, the Ford Model T, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008. 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. It 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. More than 15 Million Model Ts had been sold by May 26, 1927 when production ended.

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.

In addition to the Ford Motor Company sponsored centennial celebrations coming in September, Year of the Car will honor the Ford Model T throughout the MotorCities area with museum and collection exhibits; car shows and cruises; home and building tours; and arts and education activities.

Model T Centennial Motorcade

Date: 9/27/2008
Where: 5 Major Ford Historic Venues
Join MotorCities National Heritage Area and Ford Motor Company as we commemorate the 100th Birthday of the Model T with a Centennial Motorcade. The trail will lead to each of the major Ford historic locations in the area.

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