1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Runabout

The Model T Ford is essentially elemental, simple and utilitarian. It is, however, one of the most cherished collector cars of all and even though it was one of the most widely produced and ubiquitous automobiles in history, there are certain examples and variations that stand out from the rest. Among the most attractive and highly desirable Model Ts ever to leave the Ford factory was the Torpedo Roadster. It was both attractively styled and often lavishly equipped, as this 1911 example adeptly shows.

Finished in red with black fenders, it has a gorgeous black diamond tufted leather interior, tan cloth top, red Buffalo wire wheels, leather trunk with Ford script, E&J acetylene gas headlights, Hasler shocks, Ardmore exhaust whistle with exhaust cutoff, Stewart speedometer and clock, cylindrical bolster gas tank, Ruxstell two-speed rear end and two-speed planetary gearbox coupled to the venerable 177 cubic inch four.

From 1917 on the Model T featured black paint over steel, but this 1911 is generously supplied with abundant brass, including the windshield frame, steering wheel, E&J cowl lights and gas headlamps, shock absorbers, radiator, motometer, bulb horn, carbide generator and taillight. When the windshield is folded down, there is a monocle windshield on the driver’s side, also in brass. This example was in the same caring family for many years and has been a pampered show car since at least the 1960s, as indicated by its AACA National First Prize award from 1965. Fully ground up restored during its single family stewardship, it presents extremely well and is complemented by its ample brass and lavish equipment to make for a thoroughly impressive car. Any brass Model T is a fun, competent and charming car. The Torpedo Roadster, though, is the most attractive and the most desirable, making this carefully preserved, gorgeous example the ultimate Model T for collectors.

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