The Bronze Ford

Gracing Cameron Square in the centre of Fort William, the Bronze Ford is a replica (or ‘replicar’) of the Ford Model T driven to the summit of Scotland’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

On the morning of May 9, 1911, Henry Alexander Junior set off from Cameron Square on the publicity stunt orchestrated by his father, also Henry, a car dealer from Edinburgh. He wanted to prove the import was every bit as good, if not better, than British cars of the time.

It took nine days to coax the Ford up and down the hill, Alexander battling through snow, hail and high winds before eventually emerging triumphant.

The full-size replica, with Alexander at the wheel, sits outside the West Highland Museum.

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