Shiny green 1930 Ford Roadster installed in 'Ford Building'
As has been reported previously in BEE historical articles, the former Multnomah County building on the southwest corner of S.E. 11th and Division Street a century ago was a Portland Ford Motor Company plant, building Model T's.
And, since the County moved out of the place, it has been renamed the Ford Building, and a variety of shops now ring the building at street level.
Building owner Mike Tevis has just bought a mint condition green Ford Roadster as an attraction for visitors in the building's "common area hallway".
It was built in 1930, but first licensed in 1931, as reflected on its Oregon license plate.
The car had recently been housed in a commercial garage just two blocks away in Ladd's Addition; and, on Thursday, September 19, it was placed carefully on a flatbed tow truck for the short trip to its new public display location.
On hand to witness its trip was a man who described himself as the original owner of the car – he's also the man who sold it to Tevis – Russell Carter, who had turned 96 just the day before.
Although clearly the car has been treated more as a showpiece than as a means of transportation, Carter recalled driving it to Timberline Lodge to participate in the historic lodge's 50th anniversary celebration – and, he said, he'd driven it in parades over the years; in Tualatin, and several times in West Linn, where he lives. He also displayed it repeatedly at an annual car gathering on S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard.
And, he said, the 1930 Ford Roadster still runs just fine. You might want to go see it for yourself.
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