1915 Ford Model T Calliope WagonSOLD
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Estimate: $40,000-$50,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$45,100 Sold

22.5hp, 176.7 cu. in. L-head four-cylinder engine, planetary two-speed transmission, front and rear transverse leaf springs, hand-operated rear mechanical brakes and foot pedal-operated driveshaft brake. Wheelbase: 100"

Throughout the 1910s and 1920s, mass production of Fords had made the Model T a ubiquitous part of the American social fabric; the car that ‘ put America on wheels ’ was used for everything from family trips to Auto Polo, in place of horses. It comes as no surprise then, that calliopes, which were more commonly used on riverboats and horse-drawn circus wagons, often found their way onto the little ‘ Tin Lizzie ’ as well.

The 1915 Model T offered here was outfitted by Miner Manufacturing Company of Donnellson, Iowa and purchased at auction in 1998 from a gentleman in Georgia. One of only a handful ever produced, it features a faithful recreation of the original Tangley Calliaphone produced in the 1920s, and is powered by compressed air to play a 10-tune A-roll of music with the movement of a single lever. Finished predominantly in red and black throughout, the signage for Classic Corvettes Collectables, pin striping, and trim are all yellow. Free of damage and defects, the condition of the paint is excellent and the quality of the professional workmanship on the wood and steel panels is of the same high caliber, particularly the rear steps, which have been sanded and varnished to an exceptional finish. All brass components, from the radiator shell to the calliope ’ s pipes, remain very presentably and properly polished. The top is fitted with green vinyl, while the seat features black, diamond- tufted upholstery that is virtually new and suits the vehicle very well. Limited road use is visible in the engine bay, as no grime or grease are readily apparent. In fact, the undercarriage, although not show quality, was also detailed and remains very clean, from the frame to the suspension and driveline components. More than an attractive showpiece, the calliope has an onboard generator ideal for operation in remote locations.

While Ford Model Ts have been used as anything from touring models to sporty runabouts, few incarnations are as delightful and unusual as this well restored motorized calliope. Its Brass Era styling is a perfect complement to the whimsical Mississippi sound of an antique steam organ.

Reference Number 14999

as of 11/4/2007

Car 1915 Ford Model T Calliope Wagon
VIN 1AO28483 
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