1918 Ford Model T Tourer Registration no. BF 4874 Engine no. 2608482
After spending his formative years as a motor manufacturer experimenting with a variety of models, Henry Ford pared the company's range down to just one - the legendary Model T - destined to become the world's first truly mass-produced automobile. Introduced in October 1908, the Model T boasted a simple 100"-wheelbase chassis that contrived to be both lightweight and durable thanks to the pioneering use of vanadium steel. The engine was a 20hp four-cylinder sidevalve displacing 2,896cc, and the transmission a simple-to-use two-speed planetary unit. It is said that throughout the Model T's 19-year production life the thing that changed most often was the price, although in actual fact Ford made detail improvements to the car on an annual basis. Notable early developments were the adoption of electric lighting in 1915, a switch from brass to a black-finished radiator the following year and the option of an electric starter in 1919. By 1915 Ford had ceased to offer a range of colours, settling on just one - black - because the paint dried more quickly, although some dealers began repainting cars in brighter colours after receiving them from the factory. Described as very original and driving well, this 1918 Model T was owned for many years by marque aficionado Charles Alton Lewis of Winterville, North Carolina, USA. The car was imported into the UK a little over two years ago by its current owner and has been used on a few Model T and VCC events, always performing very well. It retains its original black paintwork to the body, which has the odd dent here and there, while the engine is said to be smooth. The car has been upgraded with Rocky Mountain brakes, which are a necessity on the earlier models, and it also has the benefit of a True Fire ignition system, which replaces the standard trembler coils. There are no tears in the hood, which is in good order and folds down neatly over the rear of the car. This sensibly upgraded and very useable Model T is offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document.