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Motor Cities Tinkerers to Titans in the Auto Age Tour

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Stop At: Ford Plant, 91 Manchester Avenue at Woodward Avenue, Highland Park, MI

The Antique Touring Company garage is in Milwaukee Junction, a small industrial district of Detroit that became the incubator of the automobile industry in the first decade of the 20th Century. Specifically, we are in the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, now a museum dedicated to preserving the first Factory built by the Ford Motor Company, in 1904. In those days Henry Ford was not the only Tinkerer on the block. Meet us at 461 Piquette Avenue and we will take you around the neighborhood to see where it all began, and in many cases where it also ended, for automobile companies such as Studebaker, Ford, EMF, Regal, Nash, Detroit Electric, Brush and Packard, as well for suppliers such as Murray, Briggs and Fisher. The neighborhood looks a little rough these days, but Milwaukee Junction is must-not-miss sacred ground of American automobile heritage.

A National Historic Landmark, the Highland Park Plant is where the Ford Motor Company built the first fully automated assembly line. The assembly line was a game changer in automobile production, allowing Ford to manufacture cars so efficiently that they could be priced low enough that working class people could afford them. Besides the assembly line, in Highland Park we will also discuss some of Ford's social experimentation, as well as the critical role of the automobile industry in World War I.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Boston Edison Historic District, Detroit, MI

When the Milwaukee Junction tinkers became titans of the auto industry, many of them, and their white collar colleagues, built homes in the Boston Edison neighborhood of Detroit. On the way back from Highland Park we drive through Boston Edison to see some grand mansions that the automobile titans build in the years before World War I.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, 461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547

Hear about the start of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford's third attempt at automobile manufacturing. Also the history of automobile companies in the neighborhood including Studebaker who bought the Piquette Plant from Ford in 1911.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Packard Automotive Plant, Detroit, MI

Hear the story of why the Packard brothers moved their company from Ohio to Detroit and what made the Packard Plant and Brand special. Plus what ultimately led to the downfall of the company.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St, Detroit, MI 48211-1972

Hear the stories of Murray Body and Anderson Electric Automobile Companies.

Duration: 10 minutes
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Departure Point
461 Piquette Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
Duration
2h
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Returns to original departure point
Exclusions
  • Entry/Admission - The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children who are both under 8 and under 4 feet 9 inches tall cannot be accommodated by Antique Touring Company due to child seatbelt laws.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have to state when I saw the price of the tour I was a little skeptical. My son purchased it as a Father’s Day gift. After taking the tour I must say it is worth every penny paid. What a wonderful time riding around...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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AntiqueTouring, General Manager at Antique Touring Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your review Joe! We appreciate it.

Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved this tour—getting to ride in a 1930 Model A convertible car while learning and seeing the history of Henry Ford, other innovators in the Ford Motor Company; as well as, other car makers-the Dodge brothers etc, We got to see where they lived...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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AntiqueTouring, General Manager at Antique Touring Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your review Lynn! We appreciate it.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Get to see the history of the start of the auto industry while riding in a a 90 year old car....a very unique way..the ride in the car was worth it alone and the insight and tour made it the best tour in Detroit by...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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AntiqueTouring, General Manager at Antique Touring Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your review Steve! We appreciate it.

Reviewed 6 days ago

We took a wonderful tour in a very special car! Our tour guide told us so much about the history of Detroit and its cars, we really loved it! Thank you for the cool experience

Date of experience: August 2019
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AntiqueTouring, General Manager at Antique Touring Company, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks of your review G! We appreciate it.

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed several hours of chauffeured driving and stopping by the beginnings of the BIG 3, sharing an appreciation for the Automotive History of Detroit. Very informative for those who share this appreciation. Would recommend for anyone who values our industrial beginnings...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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AntiqueTouring, General Manager at Antique Touring Company, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your review Teresa! We appreciate it.

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Yes. Three are possible. The maximum I think. We were three. Two others I didn't know and me. They shut down during the winter- not sure when winter starts but be advised. Good luck.
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