2009 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic Auction
1926 Ford Model 'T' Tourer
|Engine||In-line 4-cylinder, 176.7-cid|
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The Model T, affectionately known the world over as the Tin Lizzie, was introduced by Henry Ford in October 1908 and the rugged mechanicals, strong performance and great value made it a runaway sales success. However, it wasn't until 1913 that Ford finally managed to introduced his revolutionary new method of building the Model T, the first moving production line, that really put the car on the map and it was also the advent of mass-production that resulted in the famous motto "available in any colour so long as it's black". Ford also began assembling Model Ts in Australia from complete knock-down kits supplied by Ford Canada, beginning with an improvised production line in Geelong in June 1925. Combining mechanical simplicity, which enabled even the novice driver to handle the controls, with high ground clearance to clear all but the worst roads, the Model T was also affordable and came in a wide variety of body styles. Innovations were few, but for 1926 the fuel tank was relocated to under the cowling on most Model Ts, along with the option of steel-spoked wheels. A choice of exterior colour was again available on the 1926-1927 Model T. After 19 years in production, and with more than 15 million vehicles built, the last Model T rolled off the assembly line on the 26th of May, 1927 and into the history books. Indeed, the Model T was voted the most influential vehicle of all time in a recent poll.