Ford T Speedster

Ford T Speedster

First registration: 1912


Body type: 4-door sedan

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Traction: RWD (rear-wheel drive)

Engine type: spark-ignition 4-stroke

Fuel type: gasoline (petrol)

Power: 44kW/60HP

Ford introduced the Model T in 1909 and produced millions at prices ($450 in 1913) that suited the working man’s budget.

The Speedster was one of many customs offered in 1913 by independent manufacturers, giving the owner a less expensive option to the very popular (and expensive) Stutz Bearcat and Mercer Raceabout. The stock body was replaced with a sharp looking “Speedster body” complete with a monocle windshield, and the heavy wooden wheels were replaced with strong and lightweight wire wheels. A complete kit of radiator, hood, floorboards, rear gasoline tank, and body could be purchased for around $100. Speedster body wasn’t just for looks, it made the Model T go faster by making it lighter.