1919 Ford Model T Sedan

Summary

This 1919 Model T closed-body Sedan represents a significant change in the way Ford produced and marketed the best-selling car. By 1919, Ford Motor Company was producing Model Ts in record numbers and facing stiffer competition by mid and lower-priced makers such as Chevrolet and Dodge Brothers. These competitors met consumer's growing demands for "more car" at a reasonable price and offered greater comfort and convenience at prices only slightly more than the Model T. An option such as the electric starter, which made starting a car a simple process compared to the potentially dangerous hand crank on the Model T, was standard on many of Ford's competitors. In addition, Ford asked consumers to pay extra for demountable rims making changing flat tires a quick and relatively easy operation. These costly options put the venerable Model T at a disadvantage in an increasingly competitive automobile market.

This 1919 Model T closed-body Sedan represents a significant change in the way Ford produced and marketed the best-selling car. By 1919, Ford Motor Company was producing Model Ts in record numbers and facing stiffer competition by mid and lower-priced makers such as Chevrolet and Dodge Brothers. These competitors met consumer's growing demands for "more car" at a reasonable price and offered greater comfort and convenience at prices only slightly more than the Model T. An option such as the electric starter, which made starting a car a simple process compared to the potentially dangerous hand crank on the Model T, was standard on many of Ford's competitors. In addition, Ford asked consumers to pay extra for demountable rims making changing flat tires a quick and relatively easy operation. These costly options put the venerable Model T at a disadvantage in an increasingly competitive automobile market.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1919

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

61.136.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James A. Ferguson.

Material

Metal
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Cloth

Color

Black (Color)

Specifications

Make & Model: 1919 Ford Model T sedan

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Engine: inline-4, L-head valves, 177 cubic inches

Transmission: 2-speed manual

Height: 73 inches

Wheelbase: 100 inches

Width: 67.5 inches

Overall length: 134.5 inches

Weight: 1875 pounds

Horsepower: 20 at 1600 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 93.8

Price: $875

Average 1919 wage: $1,201 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 8-1/2 months

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