I believe that Ford Motor Company did very little by "accident" when building the Model T. In other words I think there was reasoning for most everything done the way it was.
That said, Does anyone know the reasoning that the steering wheels were "offset" as opposed to just flat? Aesthetics? Relationship to spark and throttle levers? Some kind of leverage thing I would never understand? Other ideas? Or does someone know the reason?
I would think it is because of the steering gear box being at the top, the offset was needed to get your hands in the proper position to operate the gas and spark rods. Just my opinion for what its worth .
I think it was to get the line of force from the rim through the gear box. Less wear and tear that way.
It looks as though the Model B (1905) was dished out. My first guess would be along the lines of what Donnie suggests, to have proper spacing with the spark and gas levers:
Probably was done to save money on the extra inch of materials on the steering column.
Ford was a practical guy. He or an engineer put a steering wheel on a column and since the two lever controls were to be in your fingers reach while you hands were on the steering wheel a distance was determined and that was it. I don't think there was much head scratching when it came to figuring this out. Just my opinion.
I believe it was to keep the leverage right. The rim of the steering wheel lines up with the gears in the steering box. Also lines up with the spark and gas levers. Only dangerous thing is if you stop abruptly, you could get the nut in your chest or chip a tooth, depending on how tall you are.
It just looks nice. As most curvaceous things do!