Ford’s first all-electric SUV has been given some classic promotion by 101-year-old Harold Baggott whose original set of wheels was none other than a Model T…
Born in 1920, Harold Baggott began his automotive journey just as the UK Government proposed a car tax of £1 per horsepower but it wasn’t until the ripe old age of 10 that he had his first taste of modern motoring behind the wheel of a trusty Model T, driving around the family’s milk delivery float on a farm.
Learning was fast with Harold, quickly progressing to a full license in 1936 (the first year they were introduced), then spending £100 a year later on a trendy Ford 8 Popular and Ford Anglia the following year.
Fords seem to have followed the clan ever since with around 20 being owned privately within the family, as well as Ford commercial vehicles in chassis form, converted into coaches for a fleet of 140 run by their travel and coach business.
Harold was even treated to Back to the Future moment as he stepped onboard a 1915 Model T from Ford’s heritage collection, before hitting the magic 88mph and jumping behind the wheel of the marques first all-electric SUV – the Mustang Mach-E.
Ok, we made that up… but the £100 Model T was capable of a respectable 40-45mph back in 1915, while the 2021 Mach-E can reach 0-60mph in a blistering 6 seconds but will cost you around £40K for the privilege.
Driving 15-year-old Felix, who has ambitions to be a racing driver, and his 12-year-old brother Charlie, three miles from Beaulieu to former shipbuilding village Bucklers Hard, Mr Baggott seemed bewildered by the earth-shattering silence of electric motoring.
“Since the age of 10, I’ve retained my interest in motoring and today find myself interested in the switch to electrification following the government phasing out the traditional combustion engines I’m used to. I have reminisced about my driving history with the Model T and seen what the future has in store. It was exciting to get behind the wheel of what I expect to see my great-grandchildren will be driving.”
We bet some of you are thinking ‘I’d rather have the Model T’…
Photo credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire
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