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1922 Ford Model T Roadster *SOLD*


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Our final new arrival before Hershey is this very nicely restored 1922 Ford Model T roadster. It comes from the estate of a long-time collector, a man I never met but who seems to have a lot of good friends in the hobby and was surely a great guy. The most remarkable thing about this 1922 Model T is how well it speaks of this gentleman's care and maintenance, because it is both a 1968 AACA Senior National First Prize winner (yes, 1968) AND a 2011 AACA Preservation award winner. The car is in such remarkable condition that I'm absolutely staggered that the restoration is older than I am, yet here it is. I'm sure some parts have been fluffed and buffed, but holy cow, this is one nice T!

 

You really don't see many Model T roadsters and I have to admit that I like the upright styling and minimalist design more than the touring cars. This one in particular, especially when it's wearing its full weather protection gear, looks tall and boxy, just the way a Model T is supposed to and they always look best in black. The car has obviously been well cared-for over the years, as the black lacquer paint not only shines up beautifully, but shows no checking or flaking that old lacquer usually (and inevitably) gets. If I hadn't just told you, it would be easy to mistake this for a 5-year-old restoration, it really is that nice. I'm not a Model T expert by any means, but the whole car looks quite authentic, from the nickel-plated radiator cap to the single taillight hanging inside the spare tire out back. 1922 was too late for brass and too early for nickel, so just about everything is black, including the radiator shell, headlights, kerosene cowl lamps, and even the hardware holding the trunk lid closed. If you like black, well, the Model T is the right choice for you.

 

The pleated seat is just beautifully preserved, and if I didn't know better, I'd say it's recent simply because it's in excellent condition. There's minimal wear, no discoloration, and not even any dryness that you'd expect after nearly five decades, but again, here it is, looking great. There's a hard black rubber steering wheel, correct door card, and a rubber mat on the floor, all equally well preserved. You don't get much in the way of gauges with a Model T, but the ammeter bounces around like it should and it fires up readily on the magneto without much fiddling. You'll have to develop your three-foot shuffle to drive the sucker, but once you're familiar with the controls, it's not too complicated. The top is correct and looks almost new, with clear rear windows and a matching boot for when it's folded. And as I mentioned, this car includes a full set of side curtains that actually bundle the little car up rather well. It's cozy inside all buttoned up.

 

Ford's trusty 177 cubic inch inline-four really needs no introduction, and if you're even a little handy, you'll have no problems making a Model T run. Heck, this sucker would probably run on a mixture of vodka and Aqua-Velva although I've been feeding it a steady diet of unleaded regular. There are no modifications or upgrades under the hood, which is why it's an AACA award winner, although I note a cool little snorkel feeding the carburetor warmed air from next to the exhaust manifold. Set everything up just right and it fires quickly and idles well, and the starter spins the engine with vigor. The transmission works properly with much less "whine" than most Model Ts and with the lightweight bodywork, this one is downright energetic. Braking is, well, terrible, but it's a Model T and you already expected that, and I like the look of the wood spoke wheels much more than the later wire wheels. Those Universal wide whitewall tires are ancient, although I just put a new tube in one of them, and I really do think it would benefit from a fresh set of blackwalls for a much more authentic look. On the other hand, it's pretty smartly dressed as-is. Your call.

 

Model Ts remain extremely affordable, even the best ones like this, which we're listing at only $19,900. It's a relatively rare body style, an outstanding restoration, and pretty much ready to enjoy. Hard to get into a legend for less money than that. Thanks for reading!

 

Sold on a New York registration and bill of sale (New York does not issue titles).

 

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