A 100-Year-Old Ford Model T is Driving Around the World

1

Nearly four years ago, a couple set out to travel around the world in their Ford Model T.

In summer 2012, Dirk and Trudy Regter from the Netherlands began the journey with their 1915 Ford Model T and have since covered almost 50,000 miles. On the way, the couple have visited and supported various projects run by the international children’s aid organization, SOS – Children’s Villages. The first leg of the challenge began in 2012 with the Ford Model T covering 14,000 miles in 180 days, traveling from the couple’s hometown of Edam to Cape Town in South Africa.

The following year, the Ford Model T went sightseeing through the U.S. and Canada, crossing 22 States in a 17,000-mile, 180-day road trip. In 2014, another 16,000 miles were added on the odometer when the Regters drove through South America in another 180 days.

SEE ALSO: Ford Model T to Drive Around the World

Unfortunately, the 100-year-old Model T was involved in an accident when it returned to Europe. Still, that isn’t going to stop the couple from finishing their journey. Over the next two years, they plan on driving through New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and India, crossing the Himalayas to China, through Mongolia and back to the Netherlands via Central Europe.

The Model T making this epic journey is powered by a 3.0-liter gasoline engine that is unaltered from its standard 1915 factory specification. The single exception are larger tires for the wooden-spoked wheels to help make the ride softer for the long road.

Watch a video below of Dirk recounting some of the highs and lows of their travels so far.

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

Discuss this story on our Ford Forum

  • craigcole

    What an epic road trip! I’d like to try something like this at some time.