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Second graders at Blowing Rock School pose with a vintage 1931 Ford Model T Roadster. Proceeds from raffling off the vehicle will go toward the Blowing Rock School Playground Rejuvenation project. Pictured are members of Mary Catherine Felts’ second-grade class, including Addie Thompson, Andrew Hill, Ayden Knight, Bella Hoyle, Bennett Brown, Charlie Burgess, Doriannah Whitehead, Eli Craig, Ellie Dickson, Gary Medley, Genevieve Powell, Lucy Bachman, Katie Durham, Kelsey Bozeman, Kylee Cooper, Sam Cook, Samantha Jarmin, Will Kirkland, Emery Westmoreland and Ben Jones. Photo by Jeff Eason

Originally published: 2014-04-03 08:34:36
Last modified: 2014-04-07 13:51:33


In the 1930s, it was the preferred car of gangsters, Hollywood movie stars and even presidents.

Ford’s Model T Roadster was the top of the line vehicle of its day, a vast improvement from the Model A and Model T brands that the Ford Motor Company built and sold in the 1920s.

It was more powerful, more comfortable, and improvements in tires and suspension allowed it to travel over rougher terrain.

An anonymous donor has donated a 1931 Ford Model T Roadster to the Blowing Rock School Parent Teacher Organization to be used to help raise funds for the organization’s ongoing Playground Rejuvenation project.

Raffle tickets for the vehicle are $100 apiece and may be purchased at the Blowing Rock School office, Blowing Rock Produce and Provisions and select locations in the High Country to be named later.

A drawing for the car will be held at Blowing Rock School’s annual Spring Fling, to be held at the school on Saturday, May 24.

Although Henry Ford famously said that you could buy the Model T in any color you want … as long as it was black, this Model T Roadster comes in bright yellow with metallic flake brown fenders and running board. It is a convertible version of the Model T with a rumble seat in the back.

It is also in perfect running order and currently licensed and registered in the state of North Carolina.
Checks for the raffle can be made out to: Blowing Rock School PTO.
For more information, contact Kevin Tincher at (606) 224-1568 or email (

CORRECTION — Editor’s note: In the April 3, 2014 edition of The Blowing Rocket, in the story titled “T for tots,” the vehicle to be raffled off to benefit the Blowing Rock School P.T.O.’s playground rejuvenation project was misidentified as a 1931 Ford Model T Roadster when it is in fact a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster. The last Model T rolled off the assembly line in Detroit on May 27, 1927. The Ford Motor Company built 15 million Model Ts between 1908 and 1927. The Blowing Rocket regrets the error and thanks the sharp-eyed readers who brought it to our attention. 

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