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Lot Number
29
From The Jimmie Taylor Collection
1920 Ford Model T Touring
The Auburn Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 3780377
• A true prewar motoring icon, essential to any collection
• Early example with optional electric starting and battery
• Engaging presentation with glossy paint and very nice upholstery
• Well-fitted folding top, Ford scripted mats, auxiliary water bag

176.7 cid L-head inline four-cylinder, electric starting, 20 HP, two-speed planetary manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axles with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, contracting-band driveshaft brake plus hand-operated, internal-expanding mechanical rear-wheel brakes; wheelbase: 100"


Without doubt, no car did more to put the world on wheels than Henry Ford’s Model T. Introduced in 1908, the Model T was not only affordable for the common man, it was extremely dependable and durable. Just like the old wringer-style washing machine or hand-cranked water pump, the dependable Model T served the needs of families everywhere. The proof of the Model T’s success is also confirmed by the fact that it remained in production until 1927, a remarkable feat in the early days of the motorcar. Over those 19 years, hundreds of car manufacturers lived and died, while the Model T soldiered on.

A host of detail updates for 1919-1920 made the popular “Tin Lizzie” even better than before. Among them were improvements to the chassis and driveline, with the big news being the availability of a battery and electric starter. First made standard on Ford’s closed models, the new electrical starting system was optional from mid-1919 on the open cars. No simple conversion, the adoption of the new electrical starting system dictated a new engine block, transmission cover, flywheel to adapt the starter and generator to the Model T. New demountable rims were now standard on the closed cars and optional equipment on open models. With the new electrical features, Model Ts so equipped also featured an instrument panel for the first time with an ammeter to monitor electrical system function. Controls on the panel also included a carburetor choke knob and ignition/light switch. Truly, the beloved Model T had finally entered the modern era.

This 1920 Ford Model T Touring is a nicely presented example from The Jimmie Taylor Collection. Finished, of course, in all-black livery with a glossy paint finish, proper button-tufted upholstery, and a well-fitted folding top, this 1920 Ford Model T is technically significant as an early example with Ford’s new electric-starting system and demountable wheel rims. While not presently in running order, the Model T appears to be complete nonetheless upon inspection. The interior is quite nice overall, complete with Ford-scripted floor mats, while the dash could benefit from a repaint and a new lens for the ammeter. An auxiliary water bag, featuring charming “Yosemite Nat’l Park” graphics, is hung from the radiator cap of the Model T and completes the utterly charming presentation of this important example of the venerable Model T’s careful evolution.

1920 Ford Model T Touring
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