The ten cent car


The ten cent car


The ten cent car story is one supported by an oral history with John M. Sherwood who was interviewed by William Page Johnson II on June 27, 2008. That video is linked to in the John M. Sherwood oral history item. There are also photographs of the boys with the car, each as a separate item in this exhibit.

The story goes as follows: In 1933 under prohibition, people who drove whisky through Fairfax would be arrested by then sheriff Eppa P. Kirby. Their automobile would be confiscated and then sold at auction. There was a wrecked model T and John Sherwood’s brother (Maurice Sherwood) bid 10 cents on it and then had to move it to the Sherwood’s back yard. They were able to get it into enough of working order that it could be pushed. The boys would ride it up and down the streets of Fairfax on the sidewalks.

Collection Items

The ten cent car
Three boys pushing and driving the broken Model T that John Sherwood's brother purchased for ten cents at auction.

The ten cent car group portrait
A group of boys and young men stand on the broken Model T that Maurice Sherwood purchased for ten cents at auction.

Receipt for Model T automobile
Receipt written by Eppa P. Kirby, Sheriff of Fairfax, County, for the sale of a Ford Roadster model T for $.10 to Maurice Sherwood.

John Sherwood oral history clip
Follow the source link to view the video. John Sherwood's part starts at 46:47.
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