1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Roadster
Engine no. TBA
Without a doubt the most famous antique car of them all is the Ford Model T. Its significance cannot be argued and neither can its charisma. One of the key components of Henry Ford's enormous success has to be chocked up to style. Ford employed teams of stylists to ensure that his products looked as good and appealing as possible; nowhere is this more apparent than in these early "brass" Ts.
Ford was able to balance the line between handsome and cute with these cars. A T, although not a big car, has great dignity and presence. Anyone would be proud to own one. While the competition's low-priced cars looked cheap and small, the Ford did not.
Ford also realized he was selling cars to a market of new drivers transitioning to the motorcar, which meant the car needed to be simple and intuitive. To operate the car, one only needed to use their feet, while their hands could stay on the steering wheel where they belonged. The simple planetary transmission was easy to operate and is still great fun to drive today.
For those who haven't experienced a great "Brass T", they are about as much fun as you can have on four wheels. Ford really got it right with the early Ford Ts and, when properly set up, they perform remarkably well. In fact, most brass car tourers have a story about a pesky Model T driver keeping up with the likes of a Silver Ghost or Pierce-Arrow.
The Torpedo could be seen as Ford's first performance car, the standard T stripped down and with a little racer-type body. The hood was lengthened two inches, and the steering column was lowered. The result was a nimble and quick T with a look like no other. Any brass T is great fun for touring but the Torpedo is the ultimate.
This example has resided in the Cox Collection for at least 60 years. It was an active touring car back in the 1950s, participating at the Greenfield Village Meet in 1953 and touring regularly on VMCCA events in that period. It is very much a time capsule of a 1950s brass touring car. Nicely restored to the standards of the day, it has aged well and still remains very appealing.
Though in the same configuration as it was in 1957, this Ford has been equipped with later lamps and possibly a slightly later engine. At the time of cataloging the front seat cushion was not located.
Every proper collection needs a good Model T and a Torpedo really is the ultimate early Ford.
- Please note that this vehicle is offered on a Bill of sale.