The Model T Ford was built on a light weight, but rugged, chassis. With its stock twenty horsepower engine, the average Model T touring car could easily achieve top speeds of 50 miles an hour.
Almost immediately upon its introduction in 1909, the Model T Ford chassis became the natural basis for building simple yet effective racecars. While Ford did not sponsor racing efforts, thousands of Model T's were modified for use in racing efforts locally, nationally and worldwide. Some were simple stock Model T's that had their bodies removed and were fitted with bucket seats and a gas tank. By removing the bodies, the weight of the average Model T was reduced by nearly 40 percent which, of course, would add to its top speed. By the early 1920's, aftermarket manufacturers were building a wide variety of components that would convert the Model T into a fast and stylish racing or sporting vehicle. Some companies such as Rajo and Frontenac were offering overhead valve conversions that would double the Ford's horsepower while other companies were offering complete aftermarket bodies that would transform the average Model T touring car into a stylish, two seat sports car.
This Model T Speedster was built on a 1926 chassis and has a two-seat Speedster body built by the Faultless Company, which was one of many accessory companies that built bodies for the Ford chassis.