c1925 FORD MODEL T MODIFIED BODY
Engine No. 12302553
White with red interior
Engine: four cylinder, in-line, side valves, 2,890cc, 22bhp at 1,800rpm; 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. Left hand drive.
The world's first true mass-production car, Henry Ford's Model T put the world on wheels. It first appeared in 1908, and was consistently the lowest priced genuine automobile of its time. Ford's objective was to bring together lightness, strength, endurance and economy. From the beginning, the company's statements always emphasized that the Model T, although basic and rugged, was built of the very best materials and as Henry Ford himself often declared, contained features that could not be bettered by any other car, at any other price. Using a logical and well-planned mass-production system, it was possible to cut costs to the bone while maintaining quality. The Model T was to remain in production for nearly two decades, selling an unprecedented 15 million units.
It was neither the largest nor the most powerful mass production car of its time, but it was light and easy to handle. With its forgiving two-speed planetary transmission, it possessed outstanding hill-climbing qualities. The Model T was not very fast in standard trim, but with its high 3.64:1 rear axle ratio, the car could lope along at 40-45mph for hour after hour on paved highways. If its mechanism changed little over the years, the bodies were gently updated as time passed, with a great variety of new types introduced to widen the Model T's appeal. There were roadsters, two-door and four-door sedans, phaetons, trucks and even buses. Its unchanging nature encouraged the accessory makers, who promoted everything from luxury car radiator shells to auxiliary transmissions. It is probable that without the Model T there would not have been a 'Hot Rod' industry.
The one-model policy quite literally paid off for Ford and the resultant production economies were passed on to customers. With a large-capacity unstressed engine and foolproof transmission, the machines had resilient suspension and were well-built, ensuring that they survived almost any abuse.
The modified body, reportedly built on a Model T chassis, offered here is a truly unique opportunity for the collector looking for some fun and a completely out-of-the-ordinary vehicle. Outfitted in white with red interior, the modified body includes canvas top, side lamps, sealed beam headlights, midget tires and a motor meter radiator cap. Restoration choices await.