Sometimes ya just have to Say Wow.
The photo is from the August 2010 HCCA Southern Ontario Region show.
No other details were shown.
Apparently it's pretty rare. The MTFCA photo gallery doesn't show a coupe earlier than 1919.
This belongs to our good friend Craig Beek who lives in Moline,IL and is a 1910 Model T Coupe.
And, believe it or not, the photo doesn't do it justice, Craig's cars are works of art!
See; this is the kind of car upon which one does not install an alternator, starter, turn-signals, brake-lights, or even a motometer. John Keats said, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." Even if the photo doesn't do it justice, it is breathtaking.
Aw come on Bob, it would be great with front wheel disc brakes and a water pump!
Has this car made it into the Vintage Ford? If not perhaps our editor could arrange a feature article on this car. Wow!
Wasn't there an article in VF on this car a few years back?
It has booties on.
Craig helped Jim Finney restore his 1910 coupe. While doing that, Craig had the body seen above built by Ray Wells so that he could have his own. The body on Craig's car is a copy of Jim Finney's original.
Jim Finney's car was featured a few years ago in the MTFCI magazine.
Here is a picture of Don Snyder's similar car at the MTFCA Centennial in 2008:
Tom Daw and I went on a road trip to the quad cities to see a collection of brass cars back in the early 90's. They were beautiful. Tom was building a 11 touring car for me and wanted me to see those cars. I finally got my car finished this year in time for my granddaughter's prom. The top didn't get put on it until mid summer but it still looked good at the prom. Tom was a great guy and absolutely loved Model T's.
Mike - don't you need a 1910 Coupe for transport in the Iowa winters?
Yes! Did you get my name in the Christmas drawing?
"Tire Booties" - so does the Touring in the background - obviously didn't want to scuff the "whites".
Apparently there are two restored ones that same color combination. Each has a different style of trunk. It is a very fascinating and rare body.
Yes, but it looks like they're at a show! At least let the show spectators see the white tires.
Maybe he charges 10 cents a peek, 25 cents to pull one bootie off, and a dollar to strip off all four!
Just kidding ;>)
Craig Beek did help Jim Finney restore his Coupe but Jim's Coupe is a 1909 (Craig's is a 1910)There are major differences between the two ,but a couple of Obvious Differences that can be seen are that Craig's 1910 has Regular Doors while Jim's 1909 has Suicide Doors and Jim's Car is a W-I-D-E Track.
I've only heard Jim's side of the story. Jim's car has a 1911 open valve engine. Jim's car has an original body.
My impression of these early coupe bodies is that very similar if not identical bodies were used on other makes of car in the same era. No doubt Beaudette and Wilson both had several clients among the various auto manufacturers.
I never have been to Crag Beek's house but hope to see his collection some day. It would be great if Craig would bring one or more cars to a national T club meeting too.
Craig restored the 09 touring on our profile, #25XX. He knows as much about early Ts as anyone I know, and has a phenomenal collection. He's also a great guy.
Art, where was that show held?
I dug a few of Craig's car pics up. You almost suffer "sensory overload" when you visit his place:
I have been to Jim's place twice, and to Craig's once. Both are "sensory overload", as Rob says. It's easy to spend a full day in either place.
Jim's Coupe has a pointed turtle which opens on one side, like the pre-T Coupes. Craig's is different; you can see some of it in that first pic.
Rob, Thanks for the photos. What a MAGNIFICENT place! Looks like a Model T Candy Store!! He must have to wipe the drool off all those jewels after visitors leave!
Oops, I was mistaken about the pointed turtle on Jim's '09. It's rounded on the back. Here are some pics.
It's hinged in the center so that the passenger's side opens up.
A little closer look and it appears the show was in Moline,
but the photo was posted in the Southern Ontario region’s “Photo of the Day”
"Posted by HCCA Southern Ontario Region On Sunday, August 22, 2010
From the Moline AACA show this past weekend."
Art, where was that show held?
The turtle deck on Jim's 09 is rounded because this extremely rare car is a Dixie Widetrack. The standard 09 coupe turtle deck came to a mild point. In 1909 the the entire Widetrack body width was increased by 4 inches, as compared to the later Widetracks where the fenders were widened to absorb the increase. No doubt that this early widening technology was considerably more costly to carry as a standard body model, hence the later wider fender method.
Good info! What an unusual (and rare) body.