1. 1921 Ford Model T Center Door Sedan

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  22. 1921 Ford Model T Center Door Sedan

Lot Number
61
From The Jimmie Taylor Collection
1921 Ford Model T Center Door Sedan
The Auburn Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 4924360
• Striking ‘Center Door’ Sedan body style
• Example of Ford’s first Sedan model
• Sought-after Model T with well restored interior
• Electric starting and charging system

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"


Of the millions of Model Ts produced, the most distinctive and interesting are the two-door Sedans of 1915-1922, best-known to enthusiasts as the “Center Door.” While Henry Ford’s world-famous assembly lines depended on standardization with interchangeable parts and components, the first-generation Model T Sedans utilized aluminum, rather than steel, body panels, plus unique rear fenders and splash aprons. Most noticeably, the Model T Sedan’s two doors were located centrally at either side of the car; in conjunction with the body’s high roofline, entry and egress were easy for both front and rear passengers. Interestingly, Ford never referred to the model as a “Center Door,” instead simply listing it as a “two-door, five-passenger Sedan.”

While the “Center Door” Sedan made Ford one of the first manufacturers to offer closed automobiles, it proved less popular than the open touring cars and roadsters of the era, given its tall profile and abundant glass in the days before the invention of shatterproof laminated glass. However, Ford’s introductory Sedans of 1915-1922 are now coveted by collectors and early Ford enthusiasts everywhere for their low production numbers and survival rates, in addition to their unique design.

This “Center Door” Model T from 1921 maintains the “Black T” look applied to the cars built immediately before and after the WW I years, with the running mechanical improvements applied to the beloved “Tin Lizzie,” including electric starting. This very nicely presented example from The Jimmie Taylor Collection is a well-preserved complete restoration with New Old Stock genuine Ford parts used in the process, including the fenders, running boards, splash aprons, hood, radiator, radiator shell, wheels, and zinc-plated wheel rims. The striking interior was trimmed by the Tops Shop of Elyria, Ohio using all-wool men’s suit material in the original pattern. The upholstery bindings and windlace were hand-woven in the original design. The Model T’s original engine was also professionally restored, with new internal items including pistons, rings, valves, pushrods, and timing gears. While both the engine bay and engine of this desirable “Center Door” Model T would certainly benefit from additional attention, they are nonetheless tidy, complete, and correct in overall appearance. Wooden-spoke wheels and whitewall tires on demountable rims, a spare tire and rim mounted at the rear, a taillight, and a split windshield plus a nickel-plated radiator cap and hubcaps finish off this very attractive 1921 Ford Model T “Center Door” Sedan.

1921 Ford Model T Center Door Sedan
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