1916 FORD MODEL T FIVE-SEATER BRASS-RADIATOR TOURER
Registration No. EU 1051
Chassis No. 930920
Engine No. 930920
Cherry red with black upholstery and trim
Engine: four cylinders in line, side valves, 176.7 cubic inch (2890 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 Ford Model T appeared late in 1908 and thereafter the world's motor industries were never the same again. Small, weighing a mere 1500lb, but powered by a seemingly indestructible monobloc four-cylinder engine, it coped equally with paved city boulevards, dirt-roads, desert and jungle tracks, at a respectable 50 mph if need be. A basic Model T was affordable - $850 in 1910 for the four-seat tourer - but nothing was skimped. Henry Ford's mass-production methods brought economies of scale and he insisted on only the best steel alloys for construction. From the very beginning he took every care to ensure that wherever in the world one of them ventured, new parts, and somebody who knew how to bolt them on, were available. Not least of its appeal was the unique two pedal transmission, simplicity itself, with one pedal to go, another second to stop.
This car has been in long-term ownership within a small well-preserved collection. In fact, the subject of extensive restoration to exacting original specification, it has since been used for rallies and local events in the Midlands on a regular basis. Purchased at auction in Stratford-on-Avon, it had formerly been owned by well-known Model-T exponent and former club registrar Ken Carpenter. Finished unusually for a "T" in rich red, with deep-button-backed upholstery, this represents a fine example of a late-model brass-radiator machine, built under licence in the Manchester factory, and unusual in being right-hand drive therefore, and which carries a VCC dating plaque.
Early Model T's, with their distinctive brass-radiators are always in demand, and it's a measure of the car's enduring appeal that a full inventory of new parts & restoration services, which is so useful to enable regular use and maintenance for such vehicles, is readily accessible today on the word wide net from any corner of the globe.