On Sept. 27, 1908, the first Model T rolled out of Henry Ford’s Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, ushering in a revolution. For the first time, the newfangled automobile would become an affordable, mass-produced product meant for everyday people, and the factory would eventually churn out 15 million of the cars, making Ford Motor Co. one of the top U.S. automakers.
This year’s anniversary of the “Tin Lizzie” coincides with the rebooted North American International Detroit Auto Show, which has returned to the Motor City for the first time since 2019, moved from its previous home in frigid January to warmer September. Auto aficionados in town for the show might want to celebrate the final days of summer by experiencing car culture the way it all began.
On Sunday, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum will mark the occasion with free Model T rides. There will also be a vintage vehicle car show, live music, food, shopping, and tours at the historic factory.
The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sept. 25; Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum; 461 Piquette Ave., Detroit; fordpiquetteplant.org. Museum admission includes optional guided tours at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m; tickets range from $10 to $17.