Continueing from the Model W thread. Below are articles and information about the "new" model Ford said would be available by February of 1908. The specs on this "pre-T" were a little different than what the model eventually evolved into.
The wheelbase was listed as 97 inches, and the drawings showed a Model S Roadster style cowl, right hand steering, and a shift lever similar to the NRS Fords. Also, the specs listed storage batteries as the ignition source (no mag). Some of the shows reported the car (called "light touring") being present, while others simply said the "light touring" would be available by spring 1908.
I've speculated that the Model S touring built by the late Cecil Church and featured on the cover of the December 1976 Model T Times is probably what the car looked like (below).
If anyone has any old photos or clips showing a similar vehicle please post them.
This account reports the "light touring" shown at the winter 1907 London Show:
This report says Ford is planning to show the "new Ford" at the winter 1907 Detroit Auto Show:
And a report from the show, indicating the "new touring" is at the show:
And, the specifications listed by Ford for the fall shows. The wheelbase is shorter, and storage battery is the only source of ignition listed. Also, the prices are set at $800 for the touring and runabout.
This would have been quite a display (Detroit show, for example), with two six cylinder models (roadster and touring), Models N and S (roadster and runabout?) along with the new touring.
Hopefully we will find an actual photograph of one of these "prototype" Model Ts.
Correction, the price above for the runabout is $600, not $800. That is less than the 1908 N and S (runabout and roadster) are listed for.
More great stuff Rob!