2019 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction

1926 Ford Model T Roadster (LHD)

$10,000 - $15,000


Engine 177ci four-cylinder
Gearbox Two-Speed Manual
Engine No. 13589583
Chassis No. 13589583
Body Work Roadster
Colour Chocolate brown/black guards
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Wires
Brakes Rear Drums

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Included on just about every list of the most significant automobiles ever made, Henry Ford's legendary Model T brought motoring to millions of Americans and transformed society as a result. Affectionately known the world over as the “Tin Lizzie”, the Model T was introduced in October 1908, just five years after Ford established his new company in Dearborn. Combining rugged mechanicals in a lightweight chassis, willing performance from the 20 horsepower L-head 177ci four cylinder engine and exceptional value for money, the Model T proved a runaway success for the Ford Motor Co. Suspension consisted of a transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring at each corner and the wheels were of the wooden-spoked artillery variety with pneumatic tyres, while the transmission was a foot-operated planetary gearchange. The braking system employed a hand-operated internal expanding system on the rear wheels and a transmission brake operated by a pedal. Although early Model Ts were built by hand in the traditional manner, in 1913 Ford revolutionised automobile production with his moving assembly line, drastically reducing the time from 12.5 hours down to just over 1.5 hours per unit. Mass production really put the Model T on the map and gave rise in the famous motto “available in any colour so long as it's black”, although early cars were sold in a variety of colours. Although the basic formula remained substantially the same throughout the Model T's almost two decades long production life, numerous minor improvements were made, including an electric starter from 1918, routinely updated styling and the option of wire-spoked wheels on later models. With more than 15 million built between 1908 and 1927, the Model T is rightly regarded as the most influential automobile of its era and did more than any other car to put America on wheels.


Lovely 1926 Ford Model T roadster
Restored 13 years ago
Upgrades for practical use
Former museum car
Found in Evansville (USA) in 2004, this 1926 Ford Model T roadster – sometimes called a Runabout – spent two years undergoing a full restoration. It was then lightly used for local parades in the Clinton, Indiana (USA) area before changing ownership in 2013. Ultimately ending up in the St Louis Car Museum, before making its way to Australia on the 9th May 2014. During its restoration the Model T was painted in chocolate brown enamel with black guards, which presents well. It was also fitted with a new black soft top and matching vinyl trim, which included the trim in its conversion to a rumble seat. It has the correct chrome plated radiator shell and headlight bezels, interior map light, rocker panel step plates, dual outside mirrors, rear mounted spare and dog bone style Boyce Motometer. Its rebuilt engine is the correct 1926 date-coded unit and the transmission has also been rebuilt, now with Kevlar bands. Other practical upgrades to this Model T include a complete 12-volt positive ground conversion as part of a complete rewire with period cloth-covered wiring harness. There’s also an under-seat battery cut off for long periods of storage. The bright yellow painted wheels are now 30-spoke, plus there’s a four-blade radiator fan and turn indicators front and rear for use in modern traffic. Still in its original left-hand-drive configuration, our 1926 roadster was recently given a though mechanical check and comes complete with Import papers, a bound history book of photos, and a large file of receipts. Previously on Victorian club registration, the T Model will be offered for sale unregistered.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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