The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 136
1924 Ford Model T Depot Hack

Selling on Saturday

1924 Ford Model T Depot Hack

CHASSIS NO: 9993826

• Attractive example of a once-frequent sight
• Equipped with side curtains for weather protection
• Enjoy with family and friends after proper mechanical review

176.7 cid L-head inline four-cylinder engine, 20 HP, two-speed planetary transmission, solid front and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, two-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 100"

There is no car that did more for the advent of motorized transportation as the Model T. Introduced in 1908, the Ford Model T was the car that put America on wheels. Not only was it affordable for the common man, but it was also dependable. Just like the old ringer washing machine or the hand cranked water pump, the dependable Model T served the needs of families everywhere. The success of the Ford Model T is found in the fact that it stayed in production until 1927, a remarkable feat in the early days of the motorcar. Over those 19 years of Model T production, hundreds of America’s car manufacturers lived and died, yet the Model T soldiered on. By the end of its run, the Model T looked rather outdated and Henry Ford was reluctant to let it die, but the Model A took over where the T left off and Ford once again proved to the world that his cars were the best.

Aside from their low cost, abundant parts supplies and vast know-how to maintain them, the Model T received almost innumerable upgrades, tweaks, running changes, and methodical improvements throughout production. For example, bodies were updated for 1923 and introduced in August 1922. While lower than the earlier cars, their radiators were taller for improved cooling. Model T coupes now had luggage compartments integrated into the body, while roadsters retained a separate unit that could be removed for commercial use if desired. Open cars had a new “one-man” top and a windshield that was now raked back at a jaunty angle. While Ford Motor Company had already begun offering the heavier-duty Model TT truck chassis, the “Tin Lizzie” continued to be adapted to a multitude of roles, including commercial duties with bodies from outside suppliers.

This 1924 Ford Model T Depot Hack is a nice example, with its wooden rear bodywork suitable for carrying passengers from train stations to hotels in the past, or for carrying friends and family in parades or on enjoyable country drives today. Roll-up side curtains provide additional protection from the elements.

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