Model A, Rouge Plant exhibit at Lincoln Park museum June 9

Museum A promotional photograph by noted American artist and photographer Charles Sheeler, shows the 1928  Ford Model A Roadster with students from Dearborn High School, taken in November 1927

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A promotional photograph by noted American artist and photographer Charles Sheeler, shows the 1928 Ford Model A Roadster with students from Dearborn High School, taken in November 1927

LINCOLN PARK — With the 90th anniversary of the Ford Motor Co’s. legendary Model A taking place this year, the Lincoln Park Historical Museum is using the occasion to host a “Model A Rendezvous,” a show of the classic autos Ford produced between 1928 and 1932.

The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9 at Youth Center Park, 3525 Dix Hwy. Free parking is available in the community center lot.

Helping to host the show are members of the Downriver Model A Club, with assistance from the Lincoln Park Parks and Recreation Department, and with added participation by the Dearborn Historical Museum, which is planning to contribute its own 1930 Model A Murray Body Town Sedan for the show.

All area Model A owners are welcome to bring their cars to the anniversary gathering. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.
June 9 also serves as the opening date for the historical museum’s summer exhibit “From the Eagle Boat to the Model A: The Early Rouge Plant, 1918-1928” at the Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield Road. The exhibit runs through Sept. 1.

These growth years for “The Rouge,” as it became popularly known, closely follows the rapid development of nearby Lincoln Park, a majority of whose early residents found work in the auto industry. Lincoln Park was formed as a village in 1921 and incorporated as a city four years later.

The exhibit will look at the first decade of the Ford Rouge plant — its progress from an idea of Henry Ford’s for a vertically integrated manufacturing facility, born in a muddy field in Springwells Township, and its transformation into the largest industrial complex in the world, employing some 100,000 workers by the end of the decade.

The 1928 Model A represented a leap forward for Ford, coming at a time when the company was feeling the effects of increased competition with its reliable Model T. Although the “T” had incorporated improved mechanics and design elements over its 20-year history, it was essentially the same reliable, affordable car Henry had introduced to the world in 1908.

The much-anticipated Model A, when it came off the line in Dearborn in November 1927, was a car for new era. Chic and sporty, it had mechanical features that the Model T lacked: a three-speed, sliding-gear transmission, four-wheel brake system, and hydraulic shock absorbers.

Production of the Model A along with the Rouge Plant’s expansion that year signified a shift from Ford’s Highland Park plant to the Dearborn plant as the manufacturing and administrative center of Ford Motor Co.

The exhibit also features a number of pieces on loan from the collections of the Dearborn Historical Museum.

For additional information, contact the museum by calling 313-386-3137, emailing lpmuseum@gmail.com or finding it on Facebook.