The Art and Colour of GM from Hemmings Classic Car – Mark J McCourt

The Art and Colour of GM

I think that the future of General Motors will be measured by the attractiveness that we put in the bodies from the standpoint of luxury of appointment, the degree to which they please the eye, both in contour and in color scheme, also the degree to which we are able to make them different from competition.”

 

— Alfred P. Sloan Jr., in a letter to Fisher Body Corporation president William A. Fisher, September 1927

This article from Mark J McCourt at Hemmings Classic Cars tells the story of GM’s approach to the design and attractiveness of vehicles and was the complete antithesis of Henry Ford’s approach.

Entire collection of pre-Model T Ford alphabet cars transferred to Piquette Plant museum – Daniel Strohl

Early Fords move to the Piquette Plant museum

As part of the continued development of the old Ford Piquette Plant into a museum the entire collection of  letter number pre-Model T Fords are being moved in and put on display once they have been prepared . The collection belongs to Larry Porter and is known as the Alphabet Ford Collection and will be on loan for 5 years.

Read the rest of the article from Daniel Strohl at Hemmings

Photo courtesy AACA Museum.

The Flying Ford Flathead… The Ford Model 15-P – The Jalopy Journal

Jalopy Journal

The Flying Ford Flathead V8

Great article from the Jalopy Journal on the Ford Model 15-P Flying Wing, the last aircraft developed by the Stout Metal Airplane Division of Ford Motor Company.

The aircraft was powered by an aluminium version of the 221 cubic inch version of the Ford Flathead V8 developing 115hp as opposed to the cast iron car versions 75hp.

Read the Jalopy Journal article here

Read the Wikipedia page here

The Flying Ford Flathead…

Ford Flathead V8 History – Racing in Retrospect, Mid State Antique Stock Car Club

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Really Good series of articles on the various aspects of  Henry’s wonderful Flathead V8 on  the Racing in Retrospect website from the Mid State Antique Stock Car Club.

Read on here

Did Henry Design the Model T as a Multi Fuel Vehicle? – Hemming’s Daniel Strohl

Interesting article from Daniel Strohl at Hemming’s.

Fact Check: Henry Ford didn’t design the Model T as a multi-fuel vehicle

Fact Check: Henry Ford didn’t design the Model T as a multi-fuel vehicle

Was the Model T designed to run on Multi Fuels?

Read on here

 

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

 

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

If you are ever in Detroit you can now visit the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant the birthplace of the Model T.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is recognized as one of the most significant automotive heritage sites in the world.

The building is undergoing a restoration and was saved by volunteers.

The website is here

A great historic place to visit!

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Clara Ford

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Clara Ford

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sit the birthplace of the Model T. Avenue Plant is again open and evolving into a symbol of Detroit’s ability to invent, innovate, and rebound. Walk the plank floors worn smooth by hundreds of workers and thousands of cars. See Henry Ford’s competition, his early successes and false starts. Learn how volunteers saved one of the world’s most significant industrial building

 

The Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time – The Model T Ford

The Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time - The Model T Ford

The Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time – The Model T Ford

The Model T, included in the Time Magazine “Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time”

The article is here