Edison Ford Taking Antique Car out for a Spin



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, Marketing & PR Director

Edison Ford Taking Antique Car out for a Spin

FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 8, 2015) -- On December 9, at 9:30 a.m., an antique Model T Ford will be taken out of storage for a test run around the Edison & Ford Winter Estates property. The antique cars need to be driven periodically to keep the engine working properly. Riding in that car will be Chris Pendleton, President & CEO of Edison Ford and Sally Johnson, one of Edison Ford's benefactors, along with James Moss, driver and Edison Ford automotive expert. 

The 1923 Ford Model T has the touring body type, possesses a 4-cylinder, 20-horse power engine, and can travel 40-45 miles per hour on a very flat surface. The car gets roughly 15-22 miles per gallon depending on terrain with a 10-gallon gas tank underneath the driver seat. It has three floor pedals (high gear, reverse and brake) an electric starter, and weighs 1,650 pounds. Michelle Day donated the car to the estates.

The original cost for a 1923 Ford Model T of this type was $398. More than 2,000,000 of the cars were sold during the 1923 fiscal year.

Sally Johnson, a collector of Edison items, donated $50,000 for the new museum exhibit, along with a brick from the original Edison factory in New Jersey. The brick is currently on display in the museum.


Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. In 2014 the Edison Botanical Laboratory was named a National Historic Chemical Landmark. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the website at www.EdisonFordWinterEstates.org.