Ford Model T Depot Hack

Although a true station wagon did not enter Ford catalogs until 1929, many outside builders constructed wood bodies for Model T chassis from the mid-teens. These included J.T. Cantrell of Huntington, New York, which claims to have originated the genre. Frequently called “depot wagon” or “depot hack,” from their usefulness in carrying passengers and luggage to and from railway stations, in time they came to be known as station wagons or, in coastal communities, “beach wagons.”

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

20 bhp, 176.7 cu. in. four-cylinder inline L-head engine, two-speed planetary transmission, solid front axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, transmission brake and two-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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