Lot 204 - 1911 Ford Model T Tourer
|Result||Sold - £17,639|
- Very well maintained
- Fitted with rear drum brakes
- Modified with electric starting and lights
After spending his formative years as a motor manufacturer experimenting with a variety of models, Henry Ford pared the company's range down to just one - the legendary Model T - destined to become the world's first truly mass-produced automobile. Introduced in October 1908, the Model T boasted a simple 100" wheelbase chassis that contrived to be both lightweight and durable thanks to the pioneering use of vanadium steel. The chassis track width of 56" was the same as that of a horse-drawn wagon, thereby enabling the Model T safely to negotiate rutted dirt roads. The engine was a 20hp four-cylinder sidevalve displacing 2,896cc and the transmission a simple-to-use two-speed planetary unit. It is said that throughout the Model T's 19-year production life the thing that changed most often was the price, although in actual fact Ford made detail improvements to the car on an annual basis. Notable early developments were the adoption of electric lighting in 1915, a switch from brass to a black-finished radiator the following year and the option of an electric starter in 1919. By 1915 Ford had ceased to offer a range of colours, settling on just one - black - because the paint dried quicker, although some dealers began repainting cars in brighter colours after receiving them from the factory.
This very good Ford Model T Tourer was first registered in May 1911 in Pennsylvania, USA. The car was purchased by the current owner’s late father in the late 1980’s at the world’s largest classic car show and swap meet which is held every year at Hershey, PA, USA. After importing the Model T to the UK he managed to get the DVLA to re-issue the registration number BX 1555 which was the first number issued in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire and to the current owners grandfather. This Ford has had a few upgrades for safety and ease of use, these include fitting rear brakes, mounting a twelve-volt battery under the car, modifying the lights to electric lighting and fitting an electric starter. At this time the black leather seating was replaced and a new black hood was fitted. Finished in red with black wings, this Model T is supplied with a V5C registration document and a handbook. Please note that the registration BX 1555 is not transferable to another vehicle.
Previous lotLot 203 - 1974 Datsun 260Z
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