Ford Model T Van

Key facts

  • Year: 1914
  • Country: Great Britain, United States
  • Capacity: 2,898cc
  • Cylinders: 4 cylinder
  • Valves: Side valve
  • Output: 20bhp at 1,600rpm
  • Performance: 40mph
  • Price new: £130
  • Owner: National Motor Museum Trust
  • Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company Ltd, Manchester
A 1914 Ford Model T Van in the livery of C Russett & Son, Bakers, Lower York Street, Southampton On Display

The Ford Model T is widely regarded as the car that brought motoring to the masses. Ford’s mass-production methods reduced costs which in turn lowered retail prices. The Model T chassis was easily adapted for a variety of different bodies and was ideal for use as a small commercial vehicle. Motorised delivery vans sped up deliveries and did away with the need to feed and stable horses.

Ford introduced the Model T in 1908 with a British factory being opened at Trafford Park, Manchester in 1911. A delivery van version was successfully marketed in Britain in 1912 but disappointing sales in the USA led to its withdrawal a year later. The Ford Model T van was re-introduced to the UK market in late 1914. As well as complete vans, the chassis was also available to dealers for the fitting of custom-made bodies.

It is doing the work of two horses and saves me a man to look after them.

Roger J. Sheldon, Baker.1915 Ford brochure.

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