1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Runabout / 452515 Chassis Information

1911 Ford Model T photograph

1911 Ford Model T photograph

1911 Ford Model T1911 Ford Model T
Torpedo Runabout
Chassis #: 452515
Sold for $33,000 at 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island.
The Ford Model T, introduced in October of 1908, would remain in production for 19 years. During that time, only minor updates were made. Total production reached 15 million examples. In January of 1911, Ford restyled the Model T, giving it new fenders, wheels, body and a slightly updated brass radiator. A few months later, Ford added a new engine and new front and rear axle. The rear axle was now cast-iron while the front incorporated spindles with separate steering arms. The lighting was now all brass lamps, including the gas headlamps with kerosene oil side and tail lamps.

The Ford bodies had a wooden framework with steel panels. Beginning in 1911, Ford added two new bodystyles to the lineup, a Torpedo Runabout and Open Runabout. These two models were different from the existing bodystyles by their curved fenders, longer hood and lower seating positions and steering column. The Torpedo had two doors while the Open Runabout did not. The gas tank could be found mounted on the rear deck behind the driver and passenger.

This 1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Runabout is painted in red and black. This car was used by one of the prior owners in many tours. To make it more accommodating, it is well equipped with various modern amenities making it more suitable for modern highway driving. The current owner, upon acquisition, embarked on a full frame-off restoration while was completed in 2008. It retains all the modern equipment including the rare OHV Rajo BB cylinder head, dual original Winfield carburetors, 'A' crankshaft, mild cam, Jahns pistons, rings and custom headers. Other features not original to this car include GM clutch discs, a stainless water pump, a 12-volt alternator with gauge, an electric starter with key starting, and dual cover eight-wire distributor ignition system. It has a 3:1 Ruckstell axle, Buffalo wheels with locks and new tires, Airmore exhaust whistle and Rocky Mountain outside brakes.

Brass work includes the running board-mounted gas lamp generator, radiator, horn, lamps, windshield frames and engine compartment.

In 2009, this Torpedo Runabout was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Amelia Island Auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $35,000 - $55,000, and offered without reserve. It was sold for a high bid of $$33,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009


2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$35,000-$55,000 
Sale Price :
$33,000

2019 3
2018 1
2017 1
2014 7
2013 2
2012 1
2011 2
2010 3
2009 1
2008 2

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1911 sales)
1911 Ford Model T Touring Street Rod
Sold for $44,000
  2019 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1911 FORD MODEL T RUNABOUT
Sold for $10,450
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
 
1911 Ford Phaeton
Chassis#: T54997
Sold for $49,500
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1911 Ford Model T Speedster
Sold for $14,652
  2018 Bonhams : Den Hartogh Sale
 
1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Speedster
Chassis#: 50170
Sold for $26,400
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1911 FORD MODEL T CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: AZ344635
Sold for $18,150
  2014 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas
 
1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Runabout
Sold for $27,500
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1911 Ford Model T Speedster
Sold for $23,100
  2014 Auctions America : California
 
1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Runabout
Chassis#: 47119
Sold for $33,000
  2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions
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1911 Ford Model T Five-Passenger Touring
Chassis#: 39815
Sold for $35,750
  2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions
1911 Ford Model T image  
1911 Ford Model T Open Runabout
Sold for $33,000
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1911 FORD MODEL T TORPEDO ROADSTER
Sold for $34,100
  2014 THE AUCTION OF THE ESTATE OF DR RALPH W.E. COX JR.
 
1911 Ford Model T Runabout
Chassis#: 76488
Sold for $38,500
  2013 RM Auction - Hershey
 
1911 Ford Model T Open Runabout
Sold for $49,500
  2013 RM Auction - Hershey
 
1911 Ford Model T Open Runabout
Chassis#: 61639
Sold for $50,600
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1911 Ford Model T image  
1911 Ford Model T Open Runabout
Sold for $29,677
  2011 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1911 Ford Model T Runabout
Sold for $93,500
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
1911 Ford Model T image  1911 Ford Model T image  
1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Roadster
Chassis#: 66462
Sold for $77,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey
 
1911 Ford Model T Tourabout
Chassis#: 46418
Sold for $33,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1911 Ford Model T image  1911 Ford Model T image  
1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Runabout
Chassis#: 12289537
Sold for $33,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1911 Ford Model T image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1911 Ford Model T's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1911 Ford Model T 2015 Anglia Auction $21,000$22,500
1911 Ford Tourabout456942014 Mecum : Anaheim$13,000  
1911 Ford Turnabout456942013 Mecum Auction Anaheim 2013$28,000  
1911 Ford Model T Open Runabout643542009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $38,000$50,000
1911 Ford Model T Open Runabout 2007 Bonhams Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia featuring The Frank Cooke Collection Part II $45,000$55,000
1911 FORD UNKNOWN TOURING 2001 Kruse Auction Ft. Lauderdale, FL$5,500  

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