Chassis Number: 12515247
Decoded: 12515247=Engine number October 1925
Engine: 176 cid L-head inline 4-cylinder
1-barrel Carburetor / 20 bhp
2-Speed Planetary Transmission
Two Wheel (Rear) Mechanical Drum Brakes
● Huckster Woodie Wagon
● Exciting Model of the People’s Car
● Running and Driving
The Model: On October 1, 1908, Henry Ford revolutionized the world of automobile production. He created a modern, 4cylinder powered automobile in a variety of body styles that were priced to the point that nearly everyone in middle-class America could afford to buy a new car. Over the years as Mr. Ford worked to improve the efficiency of the assembly process, cost of production dropped and accordingly, the price of a Model T dropped to as low as $260, something almost every working man could afford. The Model T was versatile and pressed into service wherever it was needed passenger transport, like commercial hauling, police, fire and ambulance, it could do it all. One of its many duties was working for hotels and other lodging facilities, picking up guests at the train station and transporting them. The horsedrawn “hacks” were now motorized Depot Hacks, and would later be transformed into “station wagons”.
The Car: The beauty of the Model T is its pure simplicity. Instrumentation from the factory was an electric gauge, temperature level on the radiator, fuel level on a wooden stick, the speed, in a Model T, why bother? This Depot Hack is powered by an engine produced during October 1925 (a month in which over 300,000 Model T engines were built), and is thought to be original to this chassis, but there were no matching numbers from Ford back then. It has been fully restored and features a wooden body that appears to be fresh and restored using vintage hardware where possible. It is fitted with wood spoke wheels with demountable rims, and has the Moto-Meter radiator ornament plus roll-down side curtains. The electrics have been updated to 12-volts and use an alternator for charging, but the rest of the car is just as Henry designed it.