Did you know Thomas Edison owned a Model T?
In March 1916, “with Mr. Ford’s compliments,” local Ford agent Hill & Company presented a Model T touring car to Thomas Edison, long time personal friend of Henry Ford. The value of the vehicle was $482.75.
In 1922, Ford and Edison traveled to downtown Fort Myers in the car, stopping, at Hill & Company to talk with Hill and shake hands with his employees. Edison referred to such jaunts as “motor rides.”
This “Southern Trade” Model T has a 60-inch wide tread, rather than the standard 56-inch tread. The wider tread was designed so the cars’ wheels would fit into existing wagon ruts on the rough roads that often existed in small southern towns like Fort Myers. Edison’s friend Harvey Firestone updated the original wooden wheels with balloon tires in 1924.
Thomas Edison’s 1916 Ford Model T