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Lot 8
1910 Ford Model T Five-Passenger Touring


Selling on Wednesday

Offered from a Private Collection


• Lovely Brewster Green paint with excellent brass features throughout
• A clean and correct leather interior with room for five
• An older, high-quality restoration in excellent condition
• A rare right-hand drive Brass T originally sent to Canada

177 cid inline four-cylinder engine, 22 HP, two-speed planetary gear transmission, front half-elliptic leaf springs, rear transverse half-elliptic leaf springs, rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 100”

With more than 17 million Model T Fords built during the model’s twenty years, one should not be surprised that nearly everyone in the collector car hobby has a Model T story to tell. In the early years, Ford’s production was challenged by other marques. Buick, for example, outsold Ford even though it was more expensive. But soon Ford’s single-minded focus on reducing costs and combining great value with low price achieved the results that even the most bullish economists would have had a hard time predicting.

The early Model Ts are beautiful automobiles. They had acres of brightwork, were finished in brilliant colors and had elaborately shaped bodies that addressed the new styles and public expectations of the day. Their 177-cubic-inch four-cylinder engines have easily removable cylinder heads which made it practical for owners to clean their valves and the piston crowns of the carbon buildup, which the crude fuels of the day made a regular chore of automobile ownership. Ford built about 20,000 Model Ts in 1910 but few of them survive in anything approaching the beautiful older restored condition of this fine example.

Finished in Brewster Green - the only color choice in 1910 - with black fenders, chassis, and undercarriage, this fine example also has excellent black wood spoke wheels and bright brass plating on its headlights, radiator shell, side lights and windshield frame. The coachwork was restored about 40 years ago but is exceptionally attractive with large moldings at its sills and through the beltline. The steeply inclined sides maximize occupants’ hip room within the cabin, and these early Ts have plenty of room for five. The upholstery is a mix of original panels and correctly restored new ones, which match each other beautifully and a newer vinyl top that fits properly. Correct brass E&J lighting is used throughout, and this lovely T is fully ready for fresh gas and a tour with the family. Our consignor reports it has been a reliable participant in local shows and parades for almost four decades.

This delightful 5-passenger touring car is an archetypal 1910 early Brass T, with the two-piece firewall, front-opening rear doors, and without doors on the front. This style was superseded in January 1912 by the newer style with “fore doors” and rear doors that opened from the rear, but this early style is still the most highly sought-after. The engine compartment is clean and correct, and an accessory water pump has been fitted. Nothing in the history of the automobile – not a Volkswagen Beetle, a Chevy V-8, or even a Duesenberg – was more important than the early Ford Model T. It really did “put the world on wheels” with far-reaching consequences that are still being felt today. An early Ford Model T such as this handsomely restored and presented example is always an appreciated participant in shows, tours, and events. It is a much more exclusive, distinctive, and attractive automobile than any later Model Ts, which reflects the rarified status that the very best Fords from their early history have earned. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to add a fine Brass T to your collection.

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