The first production Model T was built at the Piquette Avenue Plant on September 27, 1908. Between 1904-1910, Ford assembled upscale Models B and K, and entry level Models C, F, N, R, S and T here. By 1910 Ford had already outgrown the factory, and after producing nearly 12000 Model Ts at the Piquette Avenue Plant, Henry Ford moved the operation to a new facility in Highland Park, Michigan. It was there that he developed the moving assembly line in 1913-1914, and would go on to produce 15 million Ford Model Ts.
Today the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a museum with an impressive collection of classic automobiles from the early years of Detroit's booming auto industry. Here you can see the iconic Model T up close, and walk the same floors that Henry Ford once did. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is the oldest automotive factory building in the world that's open to the public.
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|An archival image of the Ford Piquette Plant.
|A selfie in a Model T.
|My dad in a Model T.
|This rare Ford logo is specific to the cars produced at the Piquette Plant.
|Abandoned Fisher Body Plant 21 across the street.
|A rare Ford Mustang on display.