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1912 Ford Model T - Utah Showroom
1912 FORD MODEL T RUNABOUT W/MOTHER-IN-LAW SEAT - Utah Showroom
Engine Number: 90853
Engine: 177 cid/22 HP L-head in-line four cylinder
Transmission: 2-speed Planetary gears; 1 reverse.
Brakes: Mechanical drum on rear wheels
Introduced in late 1908, Henry Ford’s Model T was by 1912, the most popular car in America. Always looking for ways to improve quality, and more importantly, improve quantity, his development of the moving assembly line for the automotive industry was genius. According to engine serial numbers a total of 94,662 Model T’s were produced during the 1912 model year. The Torpedo Runabout saw a total of 13,376 copies produced with prices running about $590, FOB Detroit. Simple mechanics, top quality materials and a real car at a low price helped Henry build an empire.
Proving that not all Model T’s were paint black, this Runabout has been restored in dark blue, which was the only color officially available for that model year. The engine has been restored and is reported to start rather easily, no more than two or three tugs on the hand-cranks at most. Helping the car to run right is an J&B Co. Master Vibrator Coil Magneto. This “T” for three is fitted with a pair of Ford script Gray & Davis gas headlights plus a pair of cowl lamps, all polished to deep reflective quality as is the brass radiator shell. The black diamond tufted leather seat is supple and inviting, while the black Colonial grain top material looks new and fits the bows just as it did when produced 100+ years ago. On the wood spoke wheels is a set of white rubber tires. The engine was apparently assembled in January 1912 and was most likely installed in a car within a few weeks. One of the most unique features of this car is the “Mother-In-Law” seat fitted to the deck behind the front passenger compartment.
With a reported top speed of 45 miles per hour, this Runabout would the perfect car for an historic tour, parades or to become involved your favorite vintage car collectors group. Having been stored in a climate controlled museum-like facility since its restoration has insured this Runabout is the perfect “T” for you.