Celebrating Henry

Special Vehicle Comes Home

Larry Jewett - December 17, 2012 09:23 AM

ImageFord Motor Company
ImageFord Motor Company
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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 year-long 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 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.”
MotorCities National Heritage Area and the Henry Ford Heritage Association teamed up with more than 30 Henry Ford-related collaborators to coordinate the yearlong celebration of events. These activities, highlighting Ford’s legacy, contributions and influence, include tours, educational programming, dramatic re-enactments, lectures, integration and special events at auto shows and more.
A dedicated website,, includes an interactive timeline of Ford’s life, tours, a calendar of 2013 events and information about efforts to preserve Henry Ford’s heritage.