Ford Model T Runabout

Over an astounding 19-year production run, Henry Ford’s historic Model T not only revolutionized automobile production, it fundamentally changed daily life for millions of Americans. Originally priced from $600 when the first examples left the factory in 1908, the Model T was priced from as little as $260 by the time production ended in 1927, thanks to Henry Ford’s carefully refined assembly process and emphasis on standardization. The Model T was truly a car for the masses, with over 15 million examples ultimately produced.

Deceptively simple, the Model T was in truth quite sophisticated. Its startling durability was the direct result of Ford’s early decision to utilize lightweight yet strong vanadium alloy steel for many components. The Model T’s four-cylinder engine was even more impressive. With its one-piece cylinder block, detachable cylinder head and fine-grain castings, this reliable 177-cubic inch engine produced 83 ft-lbs of torque at just 900 engine revolutions, providing ample power for the rudimentary roads of the era.

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

22.5 bhp, 176.7 cu. in. L-head inline four-cylinder engine, two-speed planetary manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, and a contracting-band driveshaft brake plus hand-operated internal-expanding rear-wheel brakes. Wheelbase: 100".

Source: RM Auctions

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