Seal Cove Auto Museum, Antique Autos and Motorcycles from the Brass Era, Mount Desert Island, Maine
1909 Ford Model T
  • Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan 1903-present
  • Model: Model T
  • Body Style: Touring
  • Cost new: $850
  • Engine: Four-cylinder, monobloc with removable cylinder head
  • Transmission: Planetary
  • Suspension: Transverse semi-elliptical front and rear
  • Top Speed: 40-50 m.p.h.
  • Fuel Consumption: 25-30 m.p.g.
  • Special Features: Ford’s block cast engine and drawn steel axle structure were considered technological marvels in 1909.

Introduced in 1908, the “Tin Lizzie” or ‘Flivver” is the car that “put america on wheels.” Henry Ford said of the vehicle “I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one – and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.