USA: Ford's new limited edition - the Model T
The 1914 Model Ts are being built at Ford's global headquarters in Detroit
and the company stresses they are not reproductions but are identical to the
originals with everything either original or hand-tooled from original drawings.
The project is part of plans for Ford's global centennial celebrations in 2003
and involved painstaking research on 700 parts comprising the Model T.
Ford wanted to use as many original parts as possible and sourced around 450
of these through collectors.
Other parts had to be totally rebuilt including major ones such as the engine
cylinder block and head, front and rear axle, chassis and frame.
Ford's Model T-100 programme team took 11 months to source all of the parts
and to build the first car.
Although the team didn't know it at the time, that's exactly how long it took
Henry Ford to build the first Model T in 1908.
The cars are not for sale but will be housed in museums following the 2003
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