1911 Ford Model T Truck with Smith Form-a-Truck Unit

Summary

August C. Freuhauf and Otto Neumann fashioned this pioneering semi-trailer truck for Detroit lumber dealer Frederic Sibley in 1914. The Model T roadster was fitted with an aftermarket Smith "Form-a-Truck" frame kit, and a separate trailer was built and attached with a special hitch. The successful vehicle inspired the formation of Freuhauf Trailer Company in 1918.

August C. Freuhauf and Otto Neumann fashioned this pioneering semi-trailer truck for Detroit lumber dealer Frederic Sibley in 1914. The Model T roadster was fitted with an aftermarket Smith "Form-a-Truck" frame kit, and a separate trailer was built and attached with a special hitch. The successful vehicle inspired the formation of Freuhauf Trailer Company in 1918.

Artifact

Truck

Date Made

1911

Creators

Ford Motor Company 

Smith Form-a-Truck Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Chassis made by Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan; conversion unit by Smith Form-a-Truck Company, Chicago, Illinois.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

52.3.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Wood (Plant material)
Leather
Brass (Alloy)

Technique

Customizing

Color

Black (Color)
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 61 in

Width: 60 in

Length: 161 in

Wheelbase: 124 in

Inscriptions

Radiator, step plates, running boards: FORD Rear hubs: SMITH / FORM-A-TRUCK / CO / CHICAGO Plate on rear marked: THE PURCHASER OF THIS FORD CAR / NO.90079 / etc. / MANUFACTURED BY / FORD MOTOR COMPANY / DETROIT, MICH.

1914 Fruehauf Truck Trailer

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