Lot 56 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Sold for £10,125
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: SV 5346
Chassis No: 5215821
This original five-seat ‘Brass Trim’ Model T Tourer has been in the current ownership for around twenty years having been purchased in Hershey, USA. The white paintwork was repainted c.2000, complimenting the black interior and making a welcome change from the usual black finished bodies more commonly to be found. The engine has been overhauled and the car used for occasional weddings. Benefiting from rear side screens to help fend off the worst of the English weather, SV 5346 is said to have “very good” body, paint, engine and interior and comes with a Swansea V5c.
By 1914 Model Ts represented 56% of all automobile manufacture in the USA. However, it was not just the sheer volume produced that motorised America, it was the quality of the design. Components were made from exceptionally durable, high-grade vanadium steel whilst its compact 2890cc, sidevalve, four-cylinder engine pioneered the use of a detachable cylinder head. Mounted in unit with the clutch and two-speed epicyclic gearbox, it developed some 23hp at a leisurely 1,600rpm. Top speed was limited to around 45mph depending upon bodywork, whilst brakes operated on both the transmission and rear wheels.