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Friday 6 February 2015

Circa 1920 FORD MODEL T 'TORNADO' ROADSTER -BONHAMS 7th March 2015 Oxford

 A Private European Collection of Victorian Carriages and Coaches to include Associated Memorabilia
7 Mar 2015, starting at 11:00 GMT.
  c.1920 Ford Model T 'Tornado' Roadster  Engine no. M7542354 
Engine no. M7542354
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  • 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 Model T - destined to be the world's first mass-produced automobile. One of the most important developments in motoring history, the Model T arrived in October 1908, ushering in Ford's new one-model policy that would see more than 15 million sold worldwide by the time production ceased in 1927. Rugged, reliable and easy to drive thanks to its simple, pedal-operated transmission, the Model T introduced more people to motoring than any other car. Despite its apparent simplicity, the Model T was an advanced design for its day. For example: the four-cylinder block was a single casting with detachable 'head at a time when the majority of manufacturers cast their fixed-head cylinders in pairs. The so-called 'three-point' method of engine installation was equally novel, being a triangulated system, also applied to the axles, that isolated these components from twisting forces applied to the chassis by the inferior roads of the day.
    From the very beginning the Ford Model T's sheer ubiquity meant that, inevitably, it attracted the attention of tuners and customisers, forming the basis for some of the very first 'hot rods'. Typically, the original body would be removed and a speedster or roadster body, like this car's, installed. Like the Volkswagen 'Beetle' and BMC Mini in later years, the Model T spawned an entire cottage industry of after-market component suppliers offering parts ranging from monocle windshields to overhead-valve conversions.

  • c.1920 Ford Model T 'Tornado' Roadster  Engine no. M7542354
    Fully restored in the 1980, this Model T Roadster was purchased in 1990 from C B M Bonenkamp in the Netherlands and last ran in 1991, since when it has been on museum display. Noteworthy features include Ford Brown headlights, scuttle-mounted Ford brass oil lamps, Lucas bulb horn, cylindrical copper fuel tank and a steering column-mounted monocle windshield. Although the year '1913' appears on the fuel tank, certain features point to a later manufacturing date. It should be noted that the engine currently installed dates from April 1923. (The engine previously fitted is included in the sale). There are no documents with thisLot
  •  c.1920 Ford Model T 'Tornado' Roadster  Engine no. M7542354 
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