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In this photo provided by the Ford Motor Co., William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, sits in a 1903 Ford Model A, the oldest surviving Ford product at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. The Ford Motor Company was created June 16, 1903 and car production started in July. This car is the third vehicle assembled on the first day of production. It was built at the Mack Avenue factory in Detroit and is owned by Mr. Ford. (AP Photo/Ford, Sam VarnHagen,)

Oldest surviving Ford vehicle gets executive oohs, ahhs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford has shown Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder his company's newest and oldest offerings during a tour at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ford on Tuesday showed his friend and Republican governor gleaming new Fusion and Focus models. He also showed a decidedly older model — a 1903 Model A.

Ford says he recently bought the "oldest surviving Ford car in the world" at auction. He says it's one of three vehicles his great-grandfather Henry Ford hand-built on the "first day of business."

Next up for Ford? Learn its unfamiliar shift pattern and drive it.

Snyder told him that would be fun to figure out. Ford replied he'd "come over" to Snyder's house and "honk the horn loudly on the way over."

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