176ci Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
20bhp at 2,200rpm
2-Speed Planetary Gear Transmission
2-Speed Rear Axle
Rear Mechanical Drum Brakes
*Offered from the Arnold E. Petsche Estate Collection
*Restored by Richard Braund in 2011
*Sporty Model T Roadster
*Sinister and stealthy looking all-black Model T
THE FORD MODEL T
Given the continuing success of the Model T, Henry Ford may perhaps be forgiven for refusing to contemplate an all-new replacement, preferring instead a succession of mechanical improvements and occasional styling makeovers. And he had a point, for 1923 was the Model T's best year ever, with more than two million sold despite the fact that it had been around for 15 years. However, by the middle of the decade declining sales had forced Ford to admit the need - not for a new model, perish the thought - but for a major revision for 1926, which was announced as the 'Improved Ford' in August 1925. In fact, it was yet another re-styling job and Ford went out of its way to reassure dealers and customers alike that mechanically the Model T remained unchanged. It did, however, have a modified chassis that lowered the car by approximately 1 inch, as well as more noticeable changes in the form of an all-steel body (Fordor Sedan excepted) with up-to-the-minute lines that integrated wings, running boards and splash aprons in the modern manner. Moreover, for the first time since 1913 American buyers were offered a choice of colors on selected models: Windsor Maroon for the Fordor Sedan, Channel Green for the Tudor Sedan and Coupe. European plants had offered colors a year or two earlier.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Trimmed in all black, this stealthy looking Model T Roadster means business. The car is known to have been in California for decades, before being purchased by the late Arnold E. Petsche of Arlington, Texas – an avid early Ford collector with a taste for the best and most desirable models of the legendary marque. Mr. Petsche entrusted Mr. Richard Braund with the Model T Roadster for a complete restoration, which was carried out between 2010 and 2011. Beautifully presented inside and out, this striking Roadster is ready to be enjoyed by the next caretaker.