Henry Ford was literally a driving force in American history who made the automobile more available to the middle class. He is known for his outstanding contributions and advancements to the assemble line concept, and his process has shaped the way vehicles are manufactured today. The Model T was the care that made Ford a household name brand, and at one time, the majority of drivers in the U.S. owned a Model T Ford. Before it was produced in 1908, the automobile was something for only the upper class. Henry Ford was committed to making a quality and affordable family car that was easy to maintain and available to almost everyone. The Model T is now known as the world’s first affordable car, and it was also named the car of the century.
The Model T Ford Club of America is a group of enthusiasts, volunteers and historians with members from all over the country. The club began in 1965 as a way for people to share their common car loving hobby. They observe the car’s history, evolution and it’s contributions to American culture and lifestyle. The Vintage Ford is a major publication by the Model T Ford Club of America. The magazine often features cars found at the museum, and also explains car repairs and rebuilding instructions.
Two of the organization’s key players are Centerville residents Jay and Barbara Klehfoth. Both serve on the Model T Ford Club of America’s board of directors, and they are responsible for starting the Model T Museum. This Indiana museum is located in Centerville because of a generous donation from the next door Warm Glow Candle Outlet. This Indiana business built a new facility and donated the building to the Model T Ford Club of America.
The Model T Museum‘s collection is largely made up of exhibits on loan from local Model T Ford Club members. The museum hopes to grow its collection, but for now it’s operating from several private collections. Visitors really enjoy the 1926 dirt-track racer on display at the museum. It reminds visitors of the beginnings of auto racing, and the development of cars currently raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Indianapolis 500.
The Crossroads of America offers tons of attractions for car lovers, including the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana, the Ragtops Museum in Michigan City, Indiana or the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana. The Model T Museum is open seasonally, and closes on Mondays, so be sure to plan ahead for this day trip from Indianapolis. Admission to this Indiana museum is free, but donations are graciously accepted.
Model T Museum
2131 North Centerville Road
Centerville, Indiana 47330