I have what is being called a 1917 Couplet. Can any one tell me what this truly is?
Here are some pictures of a Couplet on the Forum
It looks to me like a regular roadster/runabout with the usual folding top that's been modified with some angle iron on the sides. Does the top fold down? Take a look at Bruce's encyclopedia for pictures of the three coupelets Ford produced in 1917.
Looks like a "California Top". In the day, many after market items were available to make a Model T more comfortable. That looks like either something sold at an auto parts store or in a catalog. Or it could be a home made modification. I wonder if it had removable glass windows?
Steve, The top does fold down.
Windshield modified as well. Quite unusual!
I believe that is an accessary "Rain-Vision" windshield. Don't know about that top. I think somebody just rigged that up.
It's got 1919 wheels and spare carrier as well.
The car is a 17-18 Runabout that has the top modified. My opinion. The later wheels and spare tire carrier were added later.
I have known this car through two owners. The car had demountables and an under axle wishbone all this time. The latest owner asked me to put on the spare carrier. Now he wants the top replaces as it is split in several places. Guess I'll need a custom made top.
Based on previous forum discussions and comments, I think you want to contact Elizabeth.
The car also has the horn button on the side of the steering column instead of on top, another 1919 feature if I'm not mistaken. Maybe the car is a 1919 Runabout.