In September 1914 Ford began production of the 1915 Model T. The most notable styling changes for the 1915 model were a flared scuttle and curved rear fenders that flowed with the wheel arch with electric headlamps as an option (the side lamps were still oil /kerosene burning). 1915 was the last year of the brass radiators for Model T’s (subsequent years were painted black). This wonderful brass raditator Model T features the correct mechanical elements and styling for the 1915 model year.
This car carries Touring coachwork, by far the most popular of the five body styles offered that year on the total of 244,181 units sold. 1915 was the year that Ford stopped offering optional colors for the Model T and went to the universal black. Many dealers painted the Model T’s in brighter colors once they arrived at the dealership. The Touring coachwork on this car is a Mint Green, a color it is believed to have worn since new as painted by the dealer, with black fenders and hood.
The Ford Model T car was designed by Henry Ford, Childe Harolde Wills and two Hungarian emigrants named József Galamb and Jeno Farkas. The Model T had 177 in³, 4 cylinder motor in a block producing 20 horsepower for a top speed of 45 mph. The engine had side valves and 3 main bearings.
The Model T was the first automobile mass produced on assembly lines with completely interchangeable parts, marketed to the middle class. By 1914, the assembly process for the Model T had been so streamlined it took only 93 minutes to assemble a car. That year Ford produced more cars than all other automakers combined. The Model T was a great commercial success, and for years in the late 1910s and early 1920s it was estimated that more than half of all motorcars in existence in the world were Model T Fords. In fact, it was so successful that Ford did not purchase any advertising between 1917 and 1923; in total, more than 15 million Model Ts were manufactured, more than any other model of automobile for almost a century.
On May 27, 1927, Ford Motor Company stopped manufacturing Model T cars. However Model T motors continued to be produced until August 4, 1941 (almost 170,000 motors were built after car production ceased.)
No collector’s experience is complete without at one time owning a Model T, the car that put America - and the world - on wheels, and few Model Ts attract more attention than this 1915 Touring car with its brass trim and Mint Green livery. Horseless Carriage Club eligible, it represents an ideal starting point for new collectors as well as being an indispensable element for the most comprehensive collection. A great car for touring!