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1927 Ford Model T Speedster


The Model T has been fitted with a sporty Speedster body
The Model T has been fitted with a sporty Speedster body

Buying a classic car is really not the most logical decision, and there are a lot of people out there who should think twice when considering buying one. Those people would be happier in a modern sporty car, such as a Dodge Challenger or Porsche Boxster.

Then there are those of us who live and breath classic cars, where every difficulty is merely a challenge to be overcome, and the higher the level of difficulty a collector car presents, the more we enjoy it. It is as if we welcome the potential for adversity, or actually look for it in the cars we buy.

Old Number 27 has a classic cylinder gas tank behind the seats
Old Number 27 has a classic cylinder gas tank behind the seats

This might sound crazy, but my friends and I tend to fall into this category.

The most-challenging classic cars tend to be expensive pre-war models costing many hundreds of thousands of dollars. But there are cars out there that present the level of difficulty we crave but at a budget just about anyone could afford.

One of those is the Pick of the Day, a 1927 Ford Model T Speedster, this one a restored example with a nice period-type Speedster open body sitting on its simple chassis. The car has brass light fixtures powered by kerosene and a bubble horn, and it looks like something Mr. Toad would drive on his wild ride.

Accord to the Fredricksburg, Virginia, dealer advertising the Ford on ClassicCars.com, this T has a running-board-mounted toolbox that includes a nice set of period tools. It rides on period spoke wheels, much better than the wood artillery wheels that were standard, and is finished in sporty red paint.

Brass fittings and a bulb horn
Brass fittings and a bulb horn

The Speedster has a period-correct fire extinguisher and a wonderful monocle windshield for the driver only.

Yesteryear’s version of a sports car is adapted from the automotive icon that put the world on wheels. This Model T would be eligible for some amazing events, such as The Race Of Gentleman and The Jalopy Showdown. It could be accepted for some vintage-car rallies.

Perform some period modifications on the engine and use this car as it was intended to be used. Parts are readily available for antique Fords

The asking price for this wonderful motoring experience is a reasonable $19,900. Not much for what has the potential for so much motoring fun and excitement. Not to mention, challenges.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


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