Canadian Man Has Owned His Beloved Ford Model T For 70 Years!

An 87-year-old man in the small community of South Ohio in Nova Scotia, Canada, is the proud owner of a 1927 Ford Model T, and has been for no less then seven (!) decades.

CBC News recently spent some time with Randall Pitman and discovered how his passion for perhaps the most significant automobile in history still continues to shine after all this time.

When Pitman was 17 years old, he worked at a gas station and earned 10 cents an hour. He eventually saved up $50 (the equivalent of $538 now) and headed to a nearby auction where he knew a Model T was set to be sold.

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“Eventually, I bid $45 and the auctioneer, as auctioneers do, kept saying, ‘Forty-five! Who will give me 50?,” he describes of the day. “I stupidly said ‘Forty-seven fifty,’ and he said ‘Sold!'”

Cars of this age are very different to those you find nowadays and even feature controls radically different than what modern drivers would be familiar with. As Pitman describes, the left-most pedal engages first gear when depressed fully, neutral in its half-way position, and second when all the way out. In the middle is a separate reverse gear pedal, while on the far right is the one used for the brakes. As for the throttle, you’ll have to use your right hand…

Pitman still drives his Model T frequently and, earlier this month, put it on a trailer and took it more than 600 km (372 miles) away to a vintage car show. He doesn’t know how many kilometers he’s covered in it during the past 70 years, but believes it will keep chugging along for quite some time.


  • Six_Tymes

    He is awesome, and so is the Ford model T. but how did he prevent it from rusting away? kept inside I suppose and never driven in rain or snow?

    • Noah Milne

      I don’t know. I used to live in Nova Scotia, and most of the antiques there have already rusted away. Must tend to the thing like a full time job.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Either that or he’s replaced almost every part over the years. Can’t beat originality! 😉

        • Porkopolis

          Oh great… Thanks for the paradox, Theseus. Now we have to debate whether or not this is the original car if all the parts have been replaced…

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            These Greek myths are all Dutch to me!

        • db

          Um, by original parts, were you talking about the car or the man?

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Just the car.

    • db

      Considering it doesn’t seem to have a top, I bet you right about keeping it out of the rain and snow.

    • exeptor

      WD40? ???

  • mist

    There is a woman in France who still owns and drives regurlarly her first and only car, a Peugeot 203 her father bought her in 1954. Several media wrote abour her recently.

  • Bash

    Kudos to him.

  • ediotsavant

    Considering Nova Scotia winters, he did an amazing job of maintaining the T!

    • Mr. EP9

      Why hello there.

  • Howfarr

    Probably the most environmentally sound car owner ever to have existed, hats off

  • COOL.

  • JqC

    I’d love to give him a free Tesla Model 3. The two most important vehicles to be created; 1 century apart.

  • JqC

    You guys have history?

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