ricky racer wrote:In my experience, cold and rain only keep the tire kickers home. Those with money in their pockets don't seem to mind the weather.
So what do you think a "T" like that is worth????
As with everything, especially a used car, there are a lot of things that will figure into the price. For an enclosed model T like the Coupe shown, the interior is your biggest "wildcard" as to the price. If it is there, complete and in good condition, that only ups the price. Incomplete or shabby brings it down, fast. Does the magneto work, how are the bands in the transmission, has the rear axle been rebuilt and the babbitt thrust washers replaced, does it need new/rebuilt ignition coils, how are the starter/generator/carburetor/gas tank, what kind of add-ons does it have (rocky mountain brakes, Warford, Ruckstell), how is the radiator ($1,000 brand new)?
Not knowing when it ran last, the condition of the motor/transmission (recent or older rebuild, who did the work?), etc. I would say you would be some where between 6-7 thousand (if you have two guys there that really want it and know something about that particular car), but it will probably be lower, $5,500 (without doing a hands-on inspection).
You will never get back the money that you put into a model T when you are rebuilding it. They are saying it is a 1924 and it may be (I think it may be a 1925), it has later wheels and tires on it, 21" versus the earlier 30" x 3 1/2" wheels and tires. You can't go by the serial number of the engine as most model T engines have been changed or swapped out at one point or another. The front bumper that it is on it is aftermarket. The last four or five 09-10 model T's that I had seen sell (complete restored cars) were struggling to get to $50k, and they had all of the correct bits and pieces on them. When it comes to the earlier 09-10 model T's, the parts are worth well more than what the car would be worth as a whole. The Coupe that is shown is right at the end of the "black-era" model T's 1916-1925 (colors came back in 1926), this is the most abundant/affordable of the model T's, the earlier they get the price goes up. Model T's are great fun to drive and are easy and fun to work on, and parts are readily available.