1911 Ford Model T

The production of the two-cylinder Model by the Ford Motor Company began in 1903 and continued through 1905. In 1906, Ford went in two different directions with the introduction of the low-priced, basic, four-cylinder Model N Roadster for $600 and the larger Model K powered by a 405 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine producing 40 horsepower and selling for $2,400. Sales for the Model K were disappointing, partly due to the high price which put it on par with prestigious manufacturers of the era, including Thomas, Stevens-Duryea, and Winton. Ford would not produce another six-cylinder car until 1941.

The Model N was popular and provided the basis for the Model R, which was introduced in 1907. The Model S was also introduced in 1907. The three models (the N, R, and S) provided the cash flow and the engineering platform for the creation of the Model T, which appeared in October of 1908. In similar fashion to the S, the Model T was powered by a monobloc engine with a detachable head in place of the two separate dual-cylinder castings of the earlier cars.

The Model T was an immediate success with orders being placed all over the world.

For 1911, the Model T was completely restyled and given new fenders, body, wheels, and a new but similarly shaped brass radiator. A new engine and front and rear axle appeared later in the year. The front axle incorporated spindles with separate steering arms. The rear axles was now cast-iron, and the Ford bodies were now made with a wooden framework with steel panels (in place of the prior all-wood construction). The lighting included gas headlamps with oil (kerosene) side and tail lamps - all made of brass.

The mid-year change to the engine included the earlier exposed valves were replaced by valve chambers that were cast in the block, with steel doors to enable adjustments when needed.

Cars were previously offered in red, grey, or green, but, for 1911, dark blue was selected as a standard color ('any color as long as it's black' still lay in the future). All black did not come out until 1914 when, in the interest of production line speed, Henry Ford chose one color. Black was selected because it dried the fastest which helped speed production.

A few of the body styles were phased out, including the coupe. Two new body styles were added, including the open runabout and the torpedo runabout. These two bodies were unique, with curved rear fenders, lower seating, longer hood, and a round 16-gallon fuel tank on the rear deck. The open runabout did not have doors, unlike the torpedo runabout.

Ford produced a total of 34,858 Model Ts for the 1911 model year. Approximately 75% of production was comprised of the four-door Touring model, while the remaining 25% was shared among six other versions of the car.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

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1911 Vehicle Profiles

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Runabout

By 1911, Ford was building all Model T's at the Highland Park plant in Detroit, Michigan. Many of these cars, however, were shipped in knocked down form to assembly plants all over America and in several foreign countries.....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Gentlemans Roadster

The body of this car is not original equipment for the Ford car in 1911. H. C. Faber of Utica, NY, manufactured this body to convert an ordinary Model T into a classy roadster. When combined with a number of performance and appearance accessories, th....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Runabout

In April 1911 the Model T was completely restyled - new radiator, new fenders, new bodies, new front and rear axles and, eventually, a new engine.....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Torpedo Runabout

Chassis Num: 452515

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 fe....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Torpedo Runabout

Chassis Num: 12289537

The Ford Model T was introduced in October of 1908 and would remain in production for nearly 19 full years, with some 15 million examples built. It was recognized as the Car of the Century in 1999, above 700 other candidates for the award.....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Runabout

This car represents the third model year for Henry Ford's famous Model T. This car has a 'mother-in-law' seat on the rear deck. This arrangement was common on cars of this era. The mother-in-law seat on some cars was nothing more than a simple flimsy....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Torpedo Runabout

Chassis Num: 61630

The Torpedo Runabout body-style was a new offering for Ford in 1911. It featured curved fenders, longer hood, and a long steering column. The fuel tank could retain sixteen galloons of fuel, six more gallons than the touring cars.....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Runabout

Engine Num: 84686

For 1911, Ford produced a total of 34,858 Model Ts with around 75-percent comprised of the four-door Touring model. The remaining 25-percent was shared among six other versions of the car. The Runabout was a new bodystyle for 1911 and is believed to ....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Torpedo Runabout

Chassis Num: 45435

The Ford Model T was restyled for 1911 with a new radiator, fenders, and wheels. The bodies now had steel panels over a wood framework, as opposed to earlier all-wood construction. For 1911, dark blue was selected as a standard color - prior years we....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Torpedo Runabout

Chassis Num: 47119
Engine Num: 47119

Ford phased out a few bodystyles like the coupe for 1911, along with giving the popular Model T new styling, a new radiator, fenders and wheels. The body now used steel panels over a wood framework, replaced the earlier all-wood construction. Another....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Tourer

Chassis Num: 39815
Engine Num: 39815

The 1911 Model T was restyled by Ford and given a new radiator, fenders, and wheels. The body panels were now constructed of steel over a wood framework, as opposed to earlier all-wood construction. Previous years had offered the Model T in red, grey....[continue reading]

1911 Ford Model T vehicle information

Tourer

Engine Num: 50253

This 1911 Ford Model T was a Canadian-built vehicle manufactured in Walkerville, Ontario. Production information shows some 3,583 were built there that year. What is unique about the 1911 models is the body shows a strong 'buggy' influence that chang....[continue reading]

Runabout
 
Gentlemans Roadster
 
Runabout
 
Torpedo Runabout
Chassis #: 452515 
Torpedo Runabout
Chassis #: 12289537 
Runabout
 
Torpedo Runabout
Chassis #: 61630 
Runabout
 
Torpedo Runabout
Chassis #: 45435 
Torpedo Runabout
Chassis #: 47119 
Tourer
Chassis #: 39815 
Tourer
 

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1911 Model T
$1,105-$7,600
1911 Ford Model T Price Range: $681 - $1,105

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ford
1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)734,811
1915Ford (501,492)Willys Knight (91,904)Dodge (45,000)501,492
1914Ford (308,162)Overland (48,461)Studebaker (35,374)308,162
1913Ford (168,220)Overland (37,422)Studebaker (31,994)168,220
1912Ford (78,440)Overland (28,572)Buick (19,812)78,440
1911Ford (69,762)Overland (18,745)Maxwell (16,000)69,762
1910Ford (32,053)Buick (30,525)Overland (15,598)32,053
1909Ford (17,771)Buick (14,606)Maxwell (9,460)17,771
1908Ford (10,202)Buick (8,820)Studebaker (8,132)10,202
1907Ford (14,887)Buick (4,641)Maxwell (3,785)14,887
1906Ford (8,729)Cadillac (3,650)Rambler (2,765)8,729

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