Memorandum from Ernest Kanzler to Henry Ford regarding Replacing the Model T, 1926

Summary

In January 1926, Ernest Kanzler wrote this eight-page memorandum to Henry Ford. In it Kanzler detailed his reasoning for replacing the aging Model T. While many other executives, including Ford's son, Edsel, secretly agreed, Henry resisted. Kanzler was forced out -- although the following year the last Model T rolled off the assembly line and was replaced with the new, modern Model A.

In January 1926, Ernest Kanzler wrote this eight-page memorandum to Henry Ford. In it Kanzler detailed his reasoning for replacing the aging Model T. While many other executives, including Ford's son, Edsel, secretly agreed, Henry resisted. Kanzler was forced out -- although the following year the last Model T rolled off the assembly line and was replaced with the new, modern Model A.

Artifact

Memorandum

Date Made

26 January 1926

Subject Date

26 January 1926

Collection Title

Fair Lane Papers Subgroup 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.1.93

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Typewriting

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 11.125 in

Width: 8.5 in

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