Gables Service Station
30 June 2005
1915 FORD MODEL T FOUR SEATER TOURER
Registration No. TS 827
Car No. 181868
Engine No. 1141511
Maroon with black coachlines and brown interior
Engine: four cylinders in line, side valves, 2,890 cc, 22bhp at 1800 rpm; Gearbox: two speed and reverse epicyclic transmission; Suspension: beam front, live rear axle, transverse half-elliptic leaf-springs front and rear; Brakes: contracting band on transmission. Right hand drive.
The first Ford Ts came to Britain in 1909 in crated form, were assembled on the Thames side at Vauxhall and then sold from premises in Shaftsbury Avenue. Four hundred found customers in 1910 and the need for a proper assembly became paramount. A suitable factory was found on Trafford Park industrial estate that was close to the Manchester Ship Canal, with the additional benefit that the old-established coachbuilding firm of Scott Brothers was nearby and they contracted to make bodies for the cars. The business was fully operational by October 1911.
This right hand drive 'T' may well be from that production line as many of these cars had slightly squarer bodywork than those that came from the U.S. Its engine number places it within the 1916 calendar year of production.
The car was retrieved from decades of storage earlier this year. Remarkably, with some very minor fettling the car started relatively easily and was driven that very same day, testament to the rugged reliability of the model. This example will no doubt benefit from a certain amount of cosmetic attention and for safety may require basic re-commissioning, but it is in working order nevertheless. Of particular note is the fitting of a period replacement radiator manufactured by 'Peerless' radiators.
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