Driving a 1914 Ford Model T today..

Hannah Elliott writes on her experiences of driving the iconic brand. The one that started all this car business.

Unfortunately, her experience was not a great one:

You have to get into and out of the car from the passenger-side door, since the driver door is blocked by the meter-long emergency brake. There is no power steering or braking. The horn is a literal brass horn. There are no actual sides to the thing—later models had curtains that would unfurl to help keep in warmth, but otherwise these were open-air beasts. And the 10-gallon fuel tank lacks a gauge, so you must guess how far you’ve gone and assume you get about 20 miles to the gallon. (It lacks any gauges, for that matter.)

But if you find such quirks adorable rather than annoying, you’re in luck. Despite the fact that this car is 100 years old, it’s not especially rare. You should be able to find one on EBay or Craigslist for less than $10,000.

It’s not the easiest car I’ve driven, nor the most fun—and it’s definitely more twee than stylish. But it is a tangible piece of history, one of the few icons you can still touch and operate and say, without a doubt, that this one changed the world. If you get the chance to drive one, take it. 



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