The Auburn Auction

Lot 29
1915 Ford Model T C-Cab

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1915 Ford Model T C-Cab


• Iconic Coca-Cola inspired truck
• Tons of brass features
• All pinstriping is hand-painted in 23 karat gold

177 cid L-head inline four-cylinder engine, Single Holley carburetor, 22 HP at 1,600 RPM, two-speed planetary transmission, braking by contracting band in transmission and driveshaft brake, transverse leaf-spring suspension front and rear

The Ford Model T dominated automobile sales in America for the first quarter of the 20th Century. One of the obvious reasons was price, but the fact that the T was available in just about every body style one can imagine, be it from Ford or the aftermarket, Model Ts came to serve in virtually every commercial capacity. One common usage was, of course, as a delivery van and the C-Cab Delivery Van offered here, is so named for its crescent like B-pillar. It is certainly among the most stylish commercial vehicles offered at the time. A simple but practical machine, the C-Cab Delivery features an artfully crafted wooden box over the rear portion of the chassis. While not hugely expensive, care was taken in designing the Delivery and the result is an elegant and handsome machine that would be equally suited delivering Coca-Cola as it would be delivering flowers to a wedding.

Well over 100 years ago a pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia developed a recipe for a drink he called Coca-Cola, becoming the preferred beverage for mega millions of people worldwide and the rest is history. This icon of refreshment has also inspired collectors worldwide to collect all types of vintage Coca-Cola items and inspiring this stunning hand built and hand painted truck.

This Model T C-Cab is fully dressed in mirror finish red paint on an original restored red 1915 model T chassis; truly a tribute to this great refreshment. The C-Cab body was all hand built from a 1/18 scale Franklin Mint model that is included with the sale. The nostalgic lettering was triple-coated, and hand painted by local artist to capture the authentic look. The entire C-Cab including double rear doors is beautifully done in brilliant red and completely outlined in antique finished 23 karat gold leaf. The more than a century-old 1915 chassis was carefully restored and fitted with a C-Cab body. The front end has the famous Ford hand polished, buffed and coated brass radiator, and the brass, red gas headlights and kerosene side lights are done in red. The windshield is all brass with safety glass and hard-fit custom supports. The wood wheels were carefully painted red and striped with a triple-coat half-wedge. Mounted on the wheels are all white tires to authentically capture the natural rubber look. This is a piece one could put in their living room. The owner reports this Model T Runs and drives as new. This example, built in the USA by Billy's Big Boys Garage, is a wonderful focal point for any car collection or memorabilia collection and a truly a gorgeous tribute to the humble beginnings of Coca-Cola.

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