Better than a Horse! 1923 Ford Model T Roadster

If a Toyota Corolla is your idea of basic transportation, take a look at this dusty but solid-looking Model T roadster! Built during a time when not everyone would have agreed that these crazy contraptions would ever replace a good ol’ reliable horse, the Model T represented Henry Ford’s mass-produced car for the common man. This 1923 to 1925 Model T Roadster near Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania comes with no roof, no front clip, no title, no VIN, and no warranty. However it’s had dry storage and looks fairly solid. The listing here on eBay features a Buy It Now price of $5000 and a Make Offer button.

Drivers today benefit from a consistent pedal layout, but the Model T’s pedals work a bit differently Check out this YouTube video for more information. Fascinating! Thanks to this listing you know why they’re called floor “boards.” Replacements available at a lumber yard near you.

My Grandfather’s first car was a ’23 Ford Roadster. Check out the transverse rear leaf spring… just like a Corvette. When this car hit the “road,” roads were rarely paved and often deteriorated into deeply rutted cart paths. Automobiles of this era had to compete with horse-drawn carriages not only in the show room but also in the real world. This Dodge Brothers video demonstrates the abuse this little Ford would have encountered immediately after purchase. Try that with your Corolla.

Though Ford came out with the world’s first mass-produced V8 about ten years after this runabout, this trusty flat-head four cylinder did fine for the Model T, making 20 horsepower in a day when people usually made do with one horse or two. Capitalizing on the popularity of the Model T, Sears Roebuck and other companies made kits to turn the ubiquitous early Fords into tractors, saw mills, and all manner of useful mechanized machinery. Would you turn this one into an irrigation pump or return it to the world as an automobile?


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  1. grant

    Looks like enough here to work with, hopefully it doesn’t get cut up.

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  2. Howard A. Member

    The “interest-o-meter”, ( comments, or lack of them, and BF’s has a pretty big audience) tells me nobody wants this. As the years pass, less and less people have a connection to these, much less know how to drive or even start one, for that matter. “Retard the spark”, what the heck is that, and may be thought of as some kind of insult these days. Like when an item comes across an action floor, and nobody bids on it, the auctioneer yells, “no interest”, and the item gets tossed.

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  3. Tony T

    Ford cars had traverse leaf springs until model year 1949 … not so “Vette”-unusual …

  4. LARRY

    GM has been following in Ford’s footsteps for a long time..

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  5. dogwater

    Yard Art

  6. Teach35

    Has the highly sought after water pump, and electric start. I sold my 1924 T in 1973 to finish paying for college. Looks like last year this one was on the road was 1973. Tuck your thumb, retard spark, choke (wire pulled from radiator area) and crank. Just hope you retarded spark enough so kick back does not break your arm.

  7. Stevieg Member

    I always wanted to learn how to drive one of these. Rode in one once. Next time I am in one, I would love to be at the helm.

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