Lot 340: Ford Model T Race Car
Henry Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line. He did, however, change the world by using an assembly line technique to produce cars which placed the automobile within the reach of everyman. Henry's Model T changed the world forever. In 1909, and for $825, a Ford customer could buy a modern, surprisingly sophisticated and reliable automobile that was fairly easy to drive. Ford sold over ten thousand Model T cars in the first year of production, a new record for any make of car. Between 1909 and 1927, the Ford Motor Company built more than 15 million Model Ts. Without a doubt, Henry Ford transformed the economic and social fabric of the 20th century. This example was owned by a Model T enthusiast for approximately 40 years and then was passed on to the previous owner, who had the car completely rebuilt with a view to entering into vintage motor racing events and hill climbs. The engine rebuild included a Doug Kiddie billet crankshaft and Arrow Engineering con rods, also a big valve high compression head. All this allows the engine to rev up to 4,000rpm, produces 70bhp+, and in necessarily brave hands is said to be able to top 80mph. Further modifications from standard include the fitment of Rocky Mountain brakes, a period Hall Scott two-speed axle and McLaren wheels. Finished in bright red with a black seating, this car supplied with VSCC eligibility documents, also current and several previous MOTs. Since being completed the car has competed very successfully on the hill climb circuit with several class wins at Prescott, Loton Park, Wiscombe Park, and Shelsley Walsh, and also taking the revered Pomeroy Edwardian Trophy in 2004 and 2005. As such this vehicle offers a fine opportunity enter historic racing in an exciting and hotly contested class, and win!
Coys, Royal Horticultural Halls, London
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