Ford, 1923, T – Snow Machine

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Marca: Ford
Modello: T
N. Cilindri / Cilindrata: 4/2890 cc
Potenza: 22 CV
Velocità: 60 km/h
Lunghezza: 346 cm
Larghezza: 175 cm
Altezza: 200 cm
Anno: 1923
Esemplari prodotti: 15.007.033

Ford, 1923, T – Snow Machine

Ford "T - Snow Machine", 1923

The Model T the “World Car” that Henry Ford firmly wished, was introduced in the USA in October 1908. This model epitomized Ford’s philosophy: interchangeable body, pedal brake on the transmission and lever brake on the rear wheels, two-speed epicycle gearbox and pedal control reverse. There were three pedals on the floor: the first to go into reverse, the second for the clutch to go into the first gear and the last one for the brake. The Tin Lizzie was always built in according with this philosophy: “... whatever doesn’t exist doesn’t break”. Also the fuel pump was missing: it was unnecessary as the fuel tank, placed upper than the carburettor, fed it simply by fall. The chassis was in vanadium steel, which guaranteed resistance, hardness and flexibility. In accordance with the new American road rules, the steering wheel was on the left: it allowed the driver to get off the car on the clean side of the road and what is important it gave him a wider view of the road when he was overtaking. With the Model T, Ford introduced also the production system which revolutionized the car industry: in 1913 the first assembly line was operative. It was at this phase of the car life that it was possible to order it “of any color if only it is black”.

The car shown in the museum is probably the best proof of the Ford Tuniversality”: it could be really ordered with those optional and specifications more useful for buyers. This is certainly one of the first example of a car that could be driven safely on the snow, by replacing, in a few minutes and by a few tools, the front wheels with two practical skis. During the Model “T” 19 years of production, not less than 5.000 different kinds of optional were offered: from the ones for the engine (several types of ignition and carburettors) to the ones for the other mechanical parts (more or less comfortable suspensions, radiator leather or fabric cover) to the ones for the passenger’s comfort (different interior materials, several heating systems).

See also the Ford “Model T runabout” of 1917
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