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The world's oldest Ford: Keeping it in the family

When the oldest known model of a Ford car went up for auction, one man was on a mission to make sure he got his hands on it.

When the oldest known model of a Ford car went up for auction in October, one man was on a mission to make sure he got his hands on it.

And no, it wasn’t some celebrity with a penchant for Fords. It was Bill Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, the founder of the eponymous carmaker.

Bill revealed he was the buyer of the 1903 Model A as part of an employee event to kick off the 150th anniversary celebration of Henry’s birth.

“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,” he said.

The company has launched a new website and is planning a series of events for 2013 as it celebrates Henry’s birthday.

The 1903 Model A has a special place in the Ford family’s heart. In July 1903, with less than $250 (€190) in cash, the family business’s future looked uncertain. That was until a full payment and two deposits totaling $1,320 for three Model A cars kept Ford Motor Company afloat.

The car Bill bought is thought to be the lone survivor of three Model A cars sold on that July day. 

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