20th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 228

1918 Ford Model T Delivery Van
No Reserve

Sold for £16,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: AB 6938
Chassis No: 2653004
MOT: Exempt

  • Entered from a private collection
  • Understood to have seen active service during WWI
  • A very rare survivor

‘The chassis of your T was built at Trafford Park Manchester during the middle of 1918 (possibly July) for supply to the Military. Subsequently, it was bought as Military Surplus by The Slough Trading Company in April 1920 – one of the unidentified mass of vehicles ‘somewhere in Europe’. It was repatriated and refurbished at The Slough Depot and sold through the trade in early 1921. At this relatively early stage of The Slough Company, it is likely to have been the Van as you have it, and that there was only light damage or minor problems – they shifted the easiest to refurbish stock first in order to generate cash flow. This is further illustrated by the fact that you have a standard Trafford Park built Delivery Van with matching chassis and engine number (bulkhead plate)’ (Martin Riley, Librarian to The Model T Register of Great Britain).

Known as ‘Lizzy’, this remarkable survivor was first road registered as ‘AB 6938’ by Worcestershire Council in February 1921 to William McNeil who used it for delivering eggs. Thereafter it is known to have belonged to A. Butterworth of Bury Hall, Wolverley, Ralph Hayes and Mr Hudson before being bought by K. Knapton during 1977. Partially renovated in time to participate in the 1979 London to Brighton Commercial Run, ‘Lizzy’ remained in Mr Knapton’s possession until being bought by P. Chubb during 1991 who in turn sold it to P. Stroud four years later. Treated to an engine overhaul using parts supplied by Tuckett Bros during 2000, the Delivery Van was entrusted to The T Service Ltd of Oxon in 2012 for a carburettor overhaul, new rear hub seals and attention to its handbrake etc. Part of a private collection for the past four years, ‘AB 6938’ participated in The Model T Register’s 2019 Salop Sortie Tour but would now benefit from recommissioning. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and history file.


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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 9am
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