CHASSIS NO: 2236749
• One of the most influential cars of the 20th century
• Frame-off restoration with well-varnished wood panels
• Embodies the true heritage of the American automobile
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177 cid four-cylinder engine, 20 HP, two-speed planetary transmission; wheelbase: 100”
When the Ford Motor Company first introduced the Model T automobile in 1908, no one could have possibly imagined the historic and monumental impact it would have. While the first American cars were built in 1893 by Charles and Frank Duryea of Massachusetts, they were not yet affordable, especially for the average person. Fueled by the thought of allowing everyone to have the chance to own an automobile, Henry Ford revolutionized and modernized the manufacturing process to bring the prices to an affordable level. Once at that mark, the model T quickly became overwhelmingly popular, so much so that at one point the majority of all Americans owned one. With the rise in ownership, people started to construct their Model Ts to better fit their lifestyles, thus the “Depot Hack” was born. Typically, Ford would sell you a chassis and one of a dozen builders would supply a body to fit the bill. Their Depot Hack Model Ts were mainly used to carry passengers and their luggage from a train station, hotel, or a destination in the town. Being used for this purpose, the Model T Depot Hacks were considered to be some of the first modern taxis.
The earliest car offered from the Steelewood Collection, this 1917 Model T Depot Hack has gone through a well-executed frame-off restoration that really embodies the true heritage of the Ford Motor Company. The restoration was completed by Richard Reinhold of Reinhold’s Restorations out of Pennsylvania. During the process, the car was repainted in black and all the wood was either replaced or restored to be factory-correct. The roof was recovered with period-correct leatherette and the two-piece front windshield was also replaced. Adding to the running boards are four Ford steel diamond plates, added for looks and safe traction while getting in and out of the automobile. New tires were added, and the rims feature a nice woodgrain shine that complement the understated exterior.
Inside, no detail was overlooked. With all new wood flooring throughout, the front section features a new black Ford rubber mat to protect the wood. Restuffed and reupholstered fore and aft bench seats with individual seats in between easily allow seating for six occupants. The roof of the cabin has also been restored with beautifully varnished wood that reflects a warm glow in the cabin. A fire extinguisher has been mounted to the dash for safety and fulfills standard show-field requirements.
Under the hood you will find a correct and well-working 177-cubic-inch inline four-cylinder engine with each cylinder singing in perfect Model T engine harmony. Backing the engine is a two-speed planetary transmission that is unique to the Model Ts.
Voted the most influential car of the 20th century by the Global Automotive Elections Foundation, this beautifully restored, ready-to-roll Model T Depot Hack would make a great addition to any collection looking to add a historically significant vehicle.