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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 13th – 15th, 2015 at Russo and Steele’s 15th Annual Monterey California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Over an astounding 19-year production run, Henry Ford and his Model T not only revolutionized automobile production, it fundamentally changed daily life for millions of Americans and the entire world. Originally priced from $600 when the first examples left the factory in 1908, the Model T was available new from as little as $260 by the time production ended in 1927, thanks to Ford’s carefully refined assembly-line processes and emphasis on standardization. The Model T was truly was a car for the masses with over 15 million examples ultimately produced in all.
While 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 unit may have only produced 20 rated horsepower, but its 83 pounds-feet of peak torque was available at just 900 engine revolutions, providing ample power for the rudimentary roads of the era.
One of the keys to the Model T’s success was its uncanny ability to be adapted to virtually any purpose, with the vehicle’s many capabilities seemingly limited only by the owner’s imagination and ingenuity. Accordingly, Model Ts were utilized as ambulances, fire trucks, panel trucks, depot hacks, flatbed trucks, and even farm tractors and snowmobiles when fitted with specialized bodywork and a multitude of accessories and equipment. Eventually, Ford offered its own dedicated truck chassis by 1918, with the one-ton ‘TT’ listed for $600 and equipped with a strengthened frame and rear springs and a worm-drive rear axle. Bodywork was either an adaptation of Ford’s passenger-car roadster design, or custom-built by a number of aftermarket suppliers. Surviving examples of these truly historic vehicles make great classics to enjoy on many levels and they never fail to draw crowds wherever they appear.
Restored to original specifications with the frame off and retaining approximately ¼ of the original cab wood, this 1919 Ford enclosed-cab truck is a particularly engaging example of Ford Motor Company’s immensely successful Model T-based early trucks and commercial vehicles. Featuring an attractive and useful flat cargo bed with wooden stake racks, it is a true standout wherever it is shown, a fact confirmed by wins scored over three years at the long-running Cherry’s Jubilee car show formerly held at Monterey, California. Best of all, it is offered Without Reserve and will be sold to the highest bidder. If you are looking for a unique and historic classic vehicle, this is it!