16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 42

1927 Ford Model T 'Rajo' Single Seater

Estimated at £15,000 - £20,000

Lot details

Registration No: BF 7403
Chassis No: 14133575
MOT: Exempt

  • Understood to be an original American racer from the 1920's & 30's
  • Subject to a recent engine refresh and high compression aluminum pistons
  • Offered with V5C and road registered
  • VSCC buff form and used mainly for hillclimbs and sprints in recent years

Before '32 Coupes and Dry Lake Hot Rods, it was the Model T that was considered to be the original fast Ford. A market quickly sprang up for parts that would make the Ford perform better. The robust and simple nature of these cars allowed for all sorts of modifications. Most owners could only dream of owning a Stutz Bearcat or Mercer Raceabout, the resourceful Ford owner could actually craft his car into something similar. 1911, in Wisconsin, USA and retired engineer Joe Jagersberger formed Rajo Manufacturing. Starting out building spark plugs and other various engine parts Jagersberger began manufacturing a cylinder head with double the performance of the stock Model T head.

This 1927 Ford Model T is a stripped down souped-up 'special', understood to be an original American racer from the 1920s and 1930s. 'BF7403' was brought to the UK in 2011 and has been subject to a recent engine refresh. It was built with high compression aluminum pistons for performance and bestowed with what is believed to be a genuine Rajo Manufacturing cylinder head; Rajo is in fact written in red on the side of the black casing. A '4 into 1' 'header' is also fitted for better performance. A low ratio rear axle makes it ideal for hillclimbs and sprints. It has been an entrant of VSCC meetings at the Curborough sprint course, Loton Park Speed Hillclimb, Shelsey Walsh and Pendine Sands. This 1927 Model T special has a genuine patina look and a deep sense of functionality is evoked by every inch of metal. Being a race car the look is enhanced by the aluminium gas tank sat atop, behind the single seat. The car comes with a VSCC buff form and has participated in hillclimbs and sprints for a number of years until recently, last competing in anger during 2018 and 2019. With potential for eligibility in a wide range of vintage motoring events, it is bound to be a real crowd pleaser. It is offered with a V5C and is road registered for UK roads.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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