Saint Louis, MO
Ford s brilliant ubiquitous Model T is so much more than just a car. Yes this simple and robust machine was put into the hands of millions who never before dreamed of automobile ownership and yet it was so adaptable it that ranks as one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. Henry Ford s development of the moving assembly line was so significant that it is held in the same regard as the likes of Alexander Graham Bell s telephone and Eli Whitney s cotton gin as the most influential advancements in American Industrial history. Even when the ingenious production methods are taken out of the equation the Model T stands proudly as a truly versatile machine that could be modified for countless tasks beyond simple transportation. From racing cars to farm implements and industrial machinery the Model T could do it all. In the time of the Model T the easiest way to get from city to city was by train. A road network had yet to be developed and automobiles were not yet feasible for long-distance travel. Once people arrived at their destination there were no rental cars and taxi cabs only existed in the largest of cities. That left the average American with two alternatives: walk or take the street car if there was one. The solution came in the form of the station wagon or alternately depot hack . These vehicles were typically sent to pick up visitors and their baggage at the stations to bring them back to hotels. This quickly gave rise to a new cottage industry as wagon builders would take a truck or large-car chassis and add a simple wooden body with multiple seats and room for luggage. Henry Ford was sharp enough to realize the profit in aftermarket accessories and soon began offering customers his own variety of options they could purchase directly from their Ford dealer to help their T meet whatever demands they had for it including depot hack bodies. Due to the amount of wood required to build standard Model T bodies Ford began acquiring vast tracts of hardwood forests in Michigan s Upper Peninsula. With access to seemingly endless supplies of hardwood it made perfect sense for him to utilize this resources in building and selling the wood depot hack bodies that had been previously handled by the aftermarket effectively killing off the competition in the process. This 1927 Model T Depot Hack is a charming example that wears an older restoration that has taken on a nice patina over the years. It has not been over restored instead maintaining the right amount of rugged appeal the Model T possessed when new. This car is from the final year of Model T production and it is properly presented with simple black paint on the fenders frame hood and radiator. The wood presents in very good condition throughout appearing to be largely original with good fit of the doors and typically for a depot hack lacking much in the way of weather protection. The Model T was as much a tool as it was a motor vehicle and as such things were kept simple when it came to decoration. Brightwork is limited to nickel headlamp rings wheel caps and a MotoMeter while the accessories include pair of carriage lamps and a Klaxon horn with a nice touch being the period New York registration plate. This Model T is mechanically sound the simple and robust 176 cubic inch L-head engine and planetary transmission being in good working order. It features electric start and has been upgraded with a distributor ignition system for more reliable running. Wooden artillery wheels are shod with all black tires which are in good condition. The four-cylinder s 22 horsepower is more than adequate to get the T up and chugging along without much effort. Engine detailing is average showing some signs of use but overall tidy and well-presented. A pair of bench seats allows room for four or five passengers with room in the rear for luggage. The vinyl upholstery is in good condition as are the rubber lined floors. A delightful enjoyable period piece this Model T is ready to load up with passengers for runs to the railroad station freight depot or perhaps just your favorite local ice cream shop.