1916 Ford Model T SpeedsterSOLD


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Registration No: BF 5103
Engine No: 5130933
CC: 20hp
Colour: White
Trim Colour: Red
MOT: April 2012

Reference Number 119998

as of 3/26/2011

Car 1916 Ford Model T Speedster
VIN 1035291 
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Known History

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This fabulous early Model T is a real crowd pleaser. It was apparently built as a `Torpedo' Runabout and later transformed into a rakish Speedster for an adventurer's transcontinental expeditions. In more recent times, `BF 5103' was discovered in a dilapidated state in the American Mid-West and imported into the UK in 2006, after which it has undergone a sympathetic programme of conservation.


The original headlights were upgraded with the more powerful `C.M. Hall of Detroit' brass lamps from a 1913 Buick, whilst Lucas `divers helmet' acetylenes from an early British motor tricycle comprise the illumination at the rear! A unique aluminum bonnet with extended cockpit cowl was added to provide stylish protection for the drivers (and the trembler coils!). The standard Model T mudguards were replaced with much lighter and more elegant curved wood examples from a US-built 1902 De Dion Vis a Vis. However, the car also retains many of its original 1912 features, such as the hickory wooden spoke wheels and button-back leather Chesterfield. Around the early `20s, the Ford is thought to have had a major `off', as it now features a later 1916 chassis and an updated engine (circa 1923), that is fitted with both hand-crank and desirable starter motor.


The car comes complete with: wicker trunk; tool cabinet; canteen box with Primus; camping equipment; mosquito nets, mud mats and sand runners; shovel; rope, block and tackle; golf clubs, oil paint set with easel and badminton rackets. It also boasts a comprehensive period Model T Service Manual. By the time of the auction, we understand `BF 5103' will have a new MOT valid until April 2012. These early `brass rad' Model T Fords are remarkably usable - what better way to go Edwardian motoring?