Ford Model T Touring Car

Model Specifications

  • Engine: Four-cylinder, 20-horsepower
  • Weight: 1200 pounds
  • Top speed: 36 miles per hour
  • Fuel: gasoline
  • Mileage: 20 per gallon
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Tires: front 30×3, rear 30×3.5
  • Acetylene headlights and kerosene parking and taillights
  • Original cost: $600


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,” this statement did not apply until the next year’s model.

In late 1912, Ford introduced a new body type that was used by Ford for the next 12 years. The metal side panels went from the front firewall to the rear, and there is only one door on the left—at the rear—with two doors on the right side.

This Model T was originally purchased in Jackson, Mississippi. The car was previously owned by Henry and Joan Gonner and was driven in hundreds of parades in Richmond, Virginia, between 1957-2000. It was donated to the Science Museum of Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. J. Harwood Cochrane in 2000.

Donated by the Science Museum of Virginia