The Edsel Ford trip is considered historic because it was so well documented and was made for personal reasons. The obviously affluent Edsel grabbed six of his equally well-off friends and hit the road with the Model T, as well as a 1915 Cadillac V8 and 1915 Stutz 6-F Touring.
For perspective, a 1915 Model T cost about $600 new. The Cadillac went for at least $1,975, and the Stutz was probably going for at least $1725 with the optional V6. United States per capita income in 1915 was $358.
In the true spirit of a road trip, the Historic Vehicle Association is going to hit such tourist hot spots as Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Pike’s Peak. No word, though, if the Model T is going to climb to the top. If it had to get back down on its own, the brakes would probably be on fire by the time the car reached the bottom.