Ford Model T Roadster
In 1915 Ford Motor Company would produce its one millionth vehicle – quite remarkable considering production had begun with the Model A just 12 years earlier in 1903. “Gentleman, a million of anything is a great many,” said Henry Ford at a banquet celebrating the production of the one-millionth Ford. Thanks to continued production efficiencies, the price of the Runabout was now just $440, down from $850 at its introduction in 1908. 47,116 Runabouts would be produced for the model year.
The Model T lineup expanded for 1915 with the introduction of a center door sedan at $740 and a fully-enclosed convertible called the Couplet for $750. Ford advertised the new car as “a car of style, beautiful in design, rich in detail appointments.” Evolutionary changes included hood louvers, a sloping cowl, electric bullet headlamps, the restoration of upright windshields and rounded rear bumpers. Coming into vogue were wire wheels rather than the standard wooden artillery wheels that had been used since introduction. A magneto powered horn became standard after October 1915, replacing the ubiquitous bulb horn. And, as the Brass Era was drawing to a close, little more than the radiator, light trim, and the small center hubcaps were still brass.
Ford gained a great deal of publicity between August 1914 and August 1915 under a profit-sharing arrangement announced in 1914 whereby it returned $50 to a purchaser of a new Model T during that time period. Ford also completed the purchase of the final parcels of land for what was to become its all encompassing and massive River Rouge Plant. By the end of 1915, Model Ts were built in a total of nine Ford Motor Company facilities.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
22 hp, 176 cu. in. side-valve L-head four-cylinder engine, two-speed planetary transmission, hand-operated mechanical brakes, rear wheels only, foot-activated contracting bands on driveshaft, transverse leaf springs and solid axles front and rear. Wheelbase: 100".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Stephen Goodal