1916 Ford

Model T Touring $28,000

$28,000

Description

1916 Ford Model T Touring

The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the "Tin Lizzie", "Leaping Lena", "jitney" or "flivver") is an automobile produced by Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, which made car travel available to middle-class Americans. The relatively low price was partly the result of Ford's efficient fabrication, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.

For consignment, a “flivver” in touring T form. This beauty has been restored some time ago but still shows well and was used as a display and show/parade car. It runs great and is beautifully crafted with a steel structure and clean drivetrain. A rare example in great condition and it runs like an old stopwatch.

Exterior
Starting upfront we note an all metal construction cowled hood, brass framed radiator and side flanking independent from the hood fenders and running boards with their brass step plates and spare tires blocking the driver's door. All steel is painted simple black and was the only color available during this production era, earlier cars had multiple color choices. Beautifully finished black steel makes up the passenger compartment and a second set of simple curved fenders are on the back above the wheels and protect the passengers from mud and dirt. Upfront the flat windshield fronts the tall black vinyl top. The top shows with some wrinkling but no tears and can easily be folded down for some wind in your hair motoring. Black painted wood spoked wheels are wrapped by thin rubber pneumatic tires on all 4 corners.

Interior
Simplicity and utilitarian abound, but it does not take away from the beauty of the interplay of black leather that makes up the buggy style seats both front and rear. A wide black painted wood rimmed steering wheel juts out on an angle from the very simple dash and has a few levers to play with for engine performance. The dash is the ignition switch and headlight switch, no fancy gauges here. The typical 3 pedal model T setup is seen, and a handbrake also on the floor, which is covered with a black Ford logo floor mat.

Drivetrain
177ci of 4-cylinder power is under the cowled hood. This engine codes out to have been built somewhere around March of 1917 so it is actually a newer engine. A 1-barrel carburetor is atop, and a 2-speed planetary transmission is on back sending power to a 3.63 geared rear axle.

Undercarriage
Plenty of black painted wood with no rot or structural problem for the floor pans. A steel frame holds the body tightly, and the rear axle, front steering, and drivetrain are attached to it as well. No rust, mechanical drum brakes on the rear and a stock exhaust complete our underside tour.

Drive-Ability
Parking brake set, neutral assured, fuel turned on, timing retarded, a little bit of hand throttle engaged and ignition turned on. I was ready for the cranking of a lifetime, left hand for cranking folks. A few quick spins and the flivver sprung to life. I had to reacclimate myself to the non-standardized pedal arrangement and within a few minutes I was comfortable and off to the test track I toured. Great tight steering and a real attention getter, it rode just fine, albeit a bit primitively, but hey its A Model T not a Caddy!

Wonderfully preserved showing in finely with black steel and the benefit of an open touring car. Truly reminiscent of the original Henry Ford concept that brought America away from the horse drawn carriage to the automobile. A serious look for the collector that needs something that not everyone has.

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Specs

Basic

Year
1916
Make
Ford
Model
Model T
Sub Model
Touring
Miles
0
Vin
DMV43278
Stock
3751

Engine

Engine Size
177 CI
Fuel Specification
91 Octane or below
Engine Type
Gasoline
Transmission Type
2 Speed Planetary
Drivetrain
RWD

Body

Body Color
Black
Body Style
Convertible
Doors
4

Interior

Interior Color
Black
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Leather
Shifter Type
Floor

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