Wed, 13th Apr 2011 14:45

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 24

1917 Ford Model T Speedster

Sold for £6,750

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: BF 5492
Chassis No: 2302112
Mot Expiry: June 2011

The world long since ran out of new things to say about the Model T (or `Tin Lizzie' as it was affectionately known). Ford was already progressing impressively before the launch of the T in the autumn of 1908, but it was that model that really set the company, and the world, on the move. The statistics are staggering: it was the first car to be mass produced and the first to be manufactured in several countries simultaneously. Production ran for nineteen years, during which time some 16.5 million examples were built. The timing of the T was perfect. It came to market just as motorcars were gaining in interest and acceptance, and sold for less than a wagon and team of horses. It mobilised people the world over and for the first sixteen years of production accounted for no less than 40 percent of all car sales in America - small wonder that it was voted `The World's Most Influential Car Of The 20th Century'. At launch the T was powered by a sidevalve 2.9-litre four-cylinder engine producing some 20hp. It was among the first to have its cylinders cast in one block and the first of all to have a detachable cylinder head. The epicyclic transmission had two forward speeds and a reverse and was controlled by a combination of three foot pedals and lever - a set up that's hard for today's drivers to grasp. Over time the factory produced 0-, 2-, 3- and 4-door Roadsters, Tourers, Pick-ups, Speedsters, Coupes, Estates and Saloons. Rolling chassis were sold so any type of body could be crafted by an appropriate coachbuilder.

The left-hand drive Speedster on offer dates from 1917 and is finished in Black over Blue with Black seats. The vendor informs us it has been fully restored over the past two years and benefits from having an electric starter and a 12 volt electrical system. He currently regards the bodywork and trim as "excellent" and the engine, transmission and paintwork as "good". MOT'd into June, it is ready for the next owner to enjoy.

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