Wed, 17th Nov 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 76

1909 Ford Model T Town Car

Sold for £33,750

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: Un-Reg
Chassis No: Not Stated
MOT: Exempt

  • Fitted with Craftsmans of San Diego coachwork
  • Subject to a previous engine overhaul
  • Current ownership for over 20 years
  • Ruckstell rear axle and later 1914 engine with electric start

Known affectionately as ‘Lady’ this RHD-converted and notably early Model T features coachwork in the style of the 1909 Town Car built by Craftsman of San Diego. We are advised that no expense was spared in its restoration and the impressive specification includes; fully overhauled 1914 engine with re-white metalled valves and rebored pistons, electric starter, detachable wheels, spare wheel carrier, Rocky Mountain brakes, Ruckstell rear axle, modern ignition system, Hasler front shock absorbers, new radiator, new battery and a new old stock petrol tank. In the current ownership for some twenty years, the vendor currently rates its cosmetic and mechanical condition as “very good”.

Launched in 1908, the T's chassis and mechanical components were made from exceptionally durable, high-grade vanadium steel. The Ford also featured a compact 2890cc, sidevalve, four-cylinder engine that pioneered the use of a detachable cylinder head. Mounted in unit with the clutch and two-speed epicyclic gearbox assembly, it developed some 23hp at a leisurely 1,600rpm and 80lbft of torque. Top speed was limited to around 45mph depending upon bodywork, whilst brakes operated on both the transmission and rear wheels. With the introduction of a moving assembly line in 1913, Henry Ford famously turned his Model T into the world's first mass made car. A year later, Model Ts represented 56% of all automobile manufacture in the USA. However, it was not just the sheer volume of Model Ts rolling off the production line that motorised America, it was the inherent quality of the design.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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