1909 Ford Model T

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  • Owner: Richard C. Paine, Jr. Automobile Charitable Trust
  • Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company (Detroit, Michigan, 1903-present)
  • Model: T
  • Bodystyle: Touring
  • Cost New: $850
  • Engine: Four-cylinder, monobloc with removable cylinder head
  • Horsepower: 20
  • Transmission: Planetary
  • Suspension: Transverse semi-elliptical front and rear
  • Special features: Top speed: 40-45 mph. Fuel consumption: 25-30 mpg. Ford’s block cast engine and drawn steel axle structure were considered technological marvels in 1909.
  • Additional info: 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.