Ford Model T Landaulet
The rarest Ford Model T from the Brass Era, the Landaulet was produced only between 1909 and 1910. While total Model T production for 1909 was 1,461 cars, just 298 of them were Landaulets, followed by two examples in 1910. Notably, the Landaulet in this gallery is one of the few surviving examples remaining today. When located, it was found to have been converted earlier into a Town Car, but thanks to an exhaustive restoration by a well-known early Ford collector and restorer, it was returned to its correct and original “open driver” configuration.
Debuted at the 2006 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the Landaulet includes all of the characteristic details that make the early Model T so desirable to collectors – namely, the open-valve engine, Kingston five-ball brass carburetor, six-rivet rear axle and one-piece engine pan; all are features that were found only on the earliest examples. Inside, the folding Landau top is luxuriously lined with matching wool broadcloth, and passenger appointments include jump seats, mahogany-trimmed sliding beveled glass windows, bud vases and wool carpeting.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
20 bhp, 176.7 cu. in. four-cylinder engine, two-speed planetary manual transmission with reverse, front and rear transverse leaf-spring suspension, hand-operated internal expanding brakes at the rear wheels, and a contracting band transmission brake. Wheelbase: 100"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel