Man drives Model T to save on gas
BARTLETT (AP) — Bill Butner has reached into the past to save money on gasoline.
He’s parked his sport utility vehicle and is driving a Model T, which has been in Butner’s family since his grandfather purchased it in 1922.
The Model T, in mint condition, costs just $10 to fill up, and goes 100 miles on a tank.
It takes $100 to fill up his SUV.
An accountant by trade, Butner is also a well known harpist. He uses his Model T, named Leaping Lizzie, to get to and from musical performances.
“This old car runs on regular gas and has only 4 cylinders,” he told WMC-TV in Memphis. “So if you will see, I’m putting my harps in to the back of the Model T and going to play in my Model T because it’s cheaper.”
There are drawbacks. When he fills up, he has to use a stick to measure the amount of gas.
“These cars don’t have any gauges,” he explained.
And, “These old Model T’s do not have windows or curtains, so we have to outrun the rain if there’s any way possible,” he said.
Butner said his family in Lauderdale County took a trip from California and back in this same vehicle in the 1920s.
He hopes he doesn’t have to resort to other drastic measures to save money. “If it gets any worse, I may have to go to a bicycle, or a horse and buggy would be cheaper,” he said.
Published in The Messenger 5.19.08