1914

Ford Model T Touring Car

Model Specifications

  • Engine: Front-mounted 177 cubic inch inline four-cylinder
  • Weight: 1,200 pounds
  • Top speed: 40-45 miles per hour
  • Fuel: Either gasoline, kerosene, or ethanol
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Transmission: planetary gear three speed
  • Original cost: $550

Description

The Model T is the benchmark for early American automobiles. Model Ts were produced from 1908-1927, and though it was said that Henry Ford stated “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black,” the 1914 model was the first one to which this statement applied.

Ford and his Model T were known for pioneering the mass production of automobiles, and by the time this car was introduced, it only took 93 minutes to assemble. This level of efficiency helped Ford become a leader in the automotive industry.

This Model T was originally purchased in Staunton, Virginia, at the Beverly Garage, a building that stands to this day. The original owners were a family in Harrisonburg who took the car on a cross-country trip to the west coast, quite the challenge considering the condition of the roads at this time. The car was sold to George Biler in the 1920s, and then to Willis Clemmer of Staunton in 1971. Clemmer undertook a seven-year restoration of the car.

Donated by the Bennett family in memory of Robert H. Bennett