Franklin D. Roosevelt Driving a 1929 Ford Model A Cabriolet

Summary

Franklin D. Roosevelt, born into a wealthy family, could afford the best luxury automobiles. But it was a part of his "everyman" appeal that, when at home, he drove humble cars like this 1929 Ford Model A. Many of his cars were equipped with special controls that allowed the partially-paralyzed Roosevelt to operate the foot pedals with his hands.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, born into a wealthy family, could afford the best luxury automobiles. But it was a part of his "everyman" appeal that, when at home, he drove humble cars like this 1929 Ford Model A. Many of his cars were equipped with special controls that allowed the partially-paralyzed Roosevelt to operate the foot pedals with his hands.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

July 1929

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.833.76861

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.25 in

Width: 10 in

Inscriptions

Handwriting in image reads: For Edsel Ford from his friend Franklin D. Roosevelt July 1929

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