1913 Ford Model T Speedster
The “Model T”, introduced in 1909 and produced in the millions by Ford Motor Company, was an extremely successful automobile and introduced not only the assembly line, but was priced (in 1913) at $450, perfect for the workingman’s budget.
But American’s have always had a love affair with their cars, and by 1913 a large “aftermarket” had developed, offering a wide range of “speed parts” and custom accessories for the basic black Model T.
This “Speedster” was but one of many customs offered in 1913 by independent manufacturers, giving the owner a less expensive option to the very popular (and expensive) Stutz Bearcat and Mercer Raceabout.
Usually the chassis was lowered four inches, called “underslinging”, the wheelbase slightly extended, and the basic 40 HP motor “hopped up” with a Roof or RAJO Overhead Valve Conversion (OHV), a hot cam, balanced crankshaft with pressure oiling, and side-draft or up-draft carburetors.
And of course, the stock body was replaced with a sharp looking “Speedster Body” complete with a monocle windshield, and the heavy wooden wheels were replaced with strong and lightweight wire wheels. Stock Ford front fenders were often used for both front and rear, giving the car a “swoopy” look.
In all, it was the “Cat’s Meow” in 1913!