Sunday, August 10, 2008

Things that are good, Ep. 2

Detroit is in the middle of the full-stage freakout over cars that is each August, which reminds me. Lots of people who might actually be interested do not know that the original home of the Model T -- the Ford Piquette factory -- is still standing.

In another city, the more-than-100-year-old building might long ago have been torn down or repurposed. This is not another city, however, and today, the factory lives on, in many ways almost exactly as Ford left it since moving operations to the tax shelter community of Highland Park in 1910.

Now, the home of the first 12,000 Model T's to come off the line is a museum, known as the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex. Only open about 12 times a year, it is worth checking out if you can get in.

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