1927 Ford Model T Touring (Fifteen-Millionth Ford)

1927 Ford Model T Touring (Fifteen-Millionth Ford)

HAER Number

MI-419

Location

Dearborn, MI

Date(s) of Construction

May 26, 1927

Original Owner and Use

Ford Motor Company, ceremonial last Model T

Present Owner and Use

The Henry Ford, display and limited exhibition

Designer / Engineer / Builder

Ford Motor Company

Significance

The impact of the Ford Model T on American history is undisputed. Henry Ford’s greatest achievement, the Model T transformed the world and brought about mass automobility. This touring car, with hand-stamped VIN 15000000, marked the symbolic end of the revolutionary automobile’s 19 – year production run that totaled over 15 million Ford automobiles. It was driven off of the Ford Highland Park assembly line by Edsel and Henry Ford May 26, 1927 as a celebration of the end of an era.

Description

The Fifteen-Millionth Ford is a 1927 Ford Model T Touring Car. The basic layout, frame, and design followed closely to the first Model T released in 1908. It features four doors and seating for 5.  The Model T has a standard front-engine rear wheel drive configuration utilizing a flathead four-cylinder engine, and a two-speed planetary transmission. The all-steel body is mounted on a vanadium alloy steel ladder frame with solid axle front and rear leaf spring suspension. The Fifteen-Millionth Ford is a 1927 Ford Model T Touring Car. The basic layout, frame, and design followed closely to the first Model T released in 1908. It features four doors and seating for 5.  The Model T has a standard front-engine rear wheel drive configuration utilizing a flathead four-cylinder engine, and a two-speed planetary transmission. The all-steel body is mounted on a vanadium alloy steel ladder frame with solid axle front and rear leaf spring suspension.

Specifications:
Frame: Steel, ladder
Body: Steel, four-door, touring car
Engine: 176.6 c.i.d. I-4
Transmission: Planetary, two forward speeds
Suspension: Front – Solid axle, transverse leaf springs
Rear – Solid axle, transverse leaf springs
Brakes: Front – None, Rear – Drum, mechanical
Tires: 4.40-4.50/21Wheelbase: 100”Track(F/R): 56” Weight: 1,740 lbs

History

On May 26, 1927, the Ford Motor Company built the fifteen-millionth Ford – a 1927 Model T Touring Car. Its construction celebrated the end of the Model T line, as the company was beginning preparations for the production and sale of the Model A. Each step of the car’s build was documented including its engine numbering. The eight oldest employees from the Ford Motor Company hand stamped a digit on to the specially painted engine block at the Rouge factory. The engine was placed into the chassis at the Highland Park plant where the Model T was completed. The chassis was fitted with a specially lettered Touring Car body painted blue that featured Edsel Ford (Ford Motor Co. President) and Henry Ford (Ford Motor Co. Founder) drove the car out of the plant and to the Engineering Laboratory for press photos.

After the ceremonious drive off the assembly line, the car became a part of the Edison Institute where it joined a treasure trove of historic artifacts curated by Henry Ford to preserve American history and culture. The Edison Institute is today the Henry Ford and Greenfield Village located in Dearborn, MI. The Fifteen-Millionth Ford is displayed in Greenfield Village in the replica, Mack Avenue Ford factory. Over the years the car has been left virtually as it was when it came off the assembly line in 1927 with the exception of a repaint over what appears to be the original paint and lettering and other small repairs.

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