New tour takes riders through Detroit in a 1920s Ford Model A

Ever wondered what it's like to ride in one of the earliest mass-produced cars to hit the road? Well, now you don't have to thanks to Antique Touring.

The company, which launched in July, gives riders the opportunity to be a passenger in a Ford Model A, the successor to the company's Model T, and which first started selling in 1927. 

Antique Touring gives riders a chauffeured experience on a two-hour tour that departs from the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum, through Milwaukee Junction, and around Belle Isle. The tour costs $65 per person and can accommodate four passengers.

"Antique Touring not only pays homage to Detroit's rich automotive history but also celebrates the Motor City's drive for innovation," said Antique Touring founder Lisa Stolarski, in a press release. "We want to give our guests a ride to remember. They'll get a rich history lesson on the roots of Detroit's automotive industry, as well as information about early Ford cars."

The vehicle was assembled in Dearborn and has a Briggs body manufactured in Highland Park, where Stolarski lives. According to the company, the 88-year-old car's paint and engine are original. The electrical system has been upgraded to accommodate current road conditions. 

"I live in Highland Park and want to create a social enterprise that will benefit our community, so I looked to the old Ford Building on Woodward Avenue for inspiration," said Stolarski. "Henry Ford raised the expectations of the American working class and contributed tremendously to the concept of the American Dream. Today we want to be among those helping to restore the American Dream in Highland Park."

For more information about Antique Touring or to book a tour, visit www.AntiqueTouring.com.

Read more articles by Aaron Mondry.

Aaron Mondry is the managing editor of Model D and a Detroit-based freelance writer. Visit his website and follow him on Twitter @AaronMondry.
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