£89k avail­able to recre­ate the plucky Ford that once scaled Ben Ne­vis

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‘The idea is to in­stall a sculp­ture of the Ford Model T that drove up Ben Ne­vis’

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is seek­ing artists to recre­ate a fa­mous Ford Model T in or­der for it to be turned into a tourist at­trac­tion.

The Ford Model T in ques­tion was driven to the sum­mit of Ben Ne­vis and back down in 1911 by Henry Alexan­der Jr, the son of Scot­land’s first Ford dealer.

Scot­land’s Highland Coun­cil is seek­ing a cre­ative type to craft the sculp­ture, which will be in­stalled in Fort Wil­liam. The pro­ject will have a bud­get of up to £89,000.

A spokesper­son from the Highland Coun­cil says: ‘The idea is to de­velop, cast and in­stall a life size, bronze sculp­ture of the Ford Model T that was driven to the sum­mit of Ben Ne­vis in 1911.

‘The sculp­ture will in­cor­po­rate a recog­nis­able, life size fig­ure of Henry Alexan­der at the wheel, and ac­cess should be avail­able to en­able pub­lic in­ter­ac­tion and photo op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘The scope of works will in­clude the full site prepa­ra­tion and in­stal­la­tion of the sculp­ture into the ex­ist­ing stone paved pedes­trian area, and will re­quire the win­ning ten­derer to take on the role of prin­ci­pal con­trac­tor.’

In 2011, a team of around 60 vol­un­teers scaled Ben Ne­vis with a de­con­structed replica of this fa­mous Model T. It was re­assem­bled at the top, be­fore be­ing dis­man­tled and brought back down. Parts of that replica car may be used as tem­plates for the artist tak­ing on this task.

The Ford Model T as­cend­ing Ben Ne­vis back in 1911.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the sculp­ture will look.

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