The Auburn Auction

Lot 16
1911 Ford Model T Runabout

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1911 Ford Model T Runabout

CHASSIS NO: 303406

• Museum kept and regulary excercised
• Sporting example with attractive appointments
• Ready to enjoy

176 cid L-head inline four-cylinder engine, 20 HP at 1,600 RPM, Holley 4500 carburetor, two-speed planetary transmission, transversely-mounted independent front and rear axle beams with semi-elliptic springs, locking transmission with external rear wheel parking brakes; wheelbase: 100

No other car in automotive history has done more for creating a motoring public. For millions of drivers, the Ford Model T most likely provided their first experience behind the wheel of an automobile. Henry Ford set out to produce a car that anyone could drive and most everyone could afford. Over the years, as he was able to speed up production, he was able to lower prices. The mechanics were simple enough that any shade-tree mechanic with a minimum of tools could repair or rebuild a Model T. Today, over 110 years since they were placed on the market, it is estimated that nearly a half million are still in operation, and no real car collection is complete until they have a genuine Ford Model T.

As with many early Model Ts, the history of this car is unknown. Finished in gleaming white with diamond tufted black leather seats, the brass radiator along with those massive gas-lit headlights and even the brass taillight sets this little runabout apart from most other Ts. Our research did show that the engine currently in this car dates from a July 1913 build, however the car is titled as a 1911. Kept in a museum atmosphere for the past several years we are told that this car has been exercised on a regular basis and is quite reliable for taking part in a vintage car rally, drive or and exposition such as the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village close to where this sharp car was originally constructed. Restoration on this runabout looks to have been done several years back, but it does show quite well and mechanically it is quite sound. Appointments on this little car include a vintage Moto-meter with dog-bone radiator cap done in brass, running board mounted collapsible storage rack, windshield support arms, rearview mirror and a Ford script ammeter. Promising to offer some memorable motoring memories, this 108-year-old fabulous Ford would be a joy to own.

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