1911 Ford Model T RunaboutSOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $50,000 - $80,000

$97,900 Sold

20bhp, 176.7 cu. in. L-head, four-cylinder engine, two-speed planetary transmission, transverse springs front and rear and contracting band in transmission brake. Wheelbase: 100"

Ford Motor Company began production with the two-cylinder Model A. Two-cylinder cars were built through 1905, then in 1906 Ford struck off in two different directions at once. Henry introduced the basic, low-priced four- cylinder Model N roadster for $600 and the impressive six-cylinder Model K, a 405 cubic inch 40 horsepower machine for $2400Śa fair amount of money in those days and equal to the price levels of various models of Winton, Stevens-Duryea, Thomas and other highly respected marques of the period.

The Model K was a sales and financial disappointment to Ford, and he would not produce another six-cylinder car until 1941. However, the little Model N enjoyed popular acceptance and provided the basis for the Model R that was introduced in 1907. Also appearing in 1907 was the Model S. These three models, the N, R and S provided the engineering platform and the cash flow that led to the development of the Model T, which appeared in October 1908. Otherwise similar to the S, the T had a monobloc engine with detachable head in place of the two separate dual cylinder castings in the earlier cars.

Henry Ford himself was somewhat surprised in 1908 by the immediate success of the Model T Ford. Orders poured in from all over the world for this simple, reliable automobile. Still, Ford realized that he must continually improve his Model T to be competitive.

January 1911 saw the introduction of a completely restyled Model T featuring new fenders, wheels, body and a new, but similarly shaped brass radiator. Later in the year a new engine and front and rear axle were added. The lighting consisted of all brass lamps: gas headlamps with oil (kerosene) side and tail lamps. The rear axle was now cast-iron, with the front axle design incorporating spindles with separate steering arms and Ford bodies were now made with steel panels over a wooden framework.

The 1911 Model T offered here is a truly unique Runabout as it is also the only known example to have a factory installed square gas tank. It was treated to a very meticulous nut and bolt restoration, which makes it one of the finest Model Ts available today.

Reference Number 5755

as of 1/9/2007

Car 1911 Ford Model T Runabout
VIN 52382 
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