Ford Model T
The Model T is widely considered to be the most influential car of the 20th Century. The anniversary for the first Model built for sale is October 1, 1908, and in the 90's the Ford Model T was named “Car of the Century” by a panel of 133 automotive journalists and experts who began with a list of 700 candidates and sequentially narrowed the nominees through seven rounds of balloting over three years.
The Model T became famous for being the first low-priced, mass-produced automobile with standard, interchangeable parts. It was equipped with a 20-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine with a top speed of about 45 miles per hour, weighed 1,200 pounds, and achieved 13-21 miles per gallon.
The moving assembly line for the Model T revolutionized manufacturing in 1913 and proved successful with more than 15 Million Model Ts having been sold by May 26, 1927, when a ceremony marked the formal end of Model T production.
Henry Ford called the Model T “the universal car,” a low-cost, reliable vehicle that could be maintained easily and could successfully travel the poor roads of the era.
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: Ford and RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Stephen Goodal and Darin Schnabel