This Speedster sold for $30000.00 today at the Leake Auction in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
From sale page:
Super wasp body
- Cockpit larger size 2.5 inches in width, 3.5 inches in length
- Car is 5 inches total length longer for the larger scale man, original owner was 6 ft 2 inches tall
- 5.5 inches dropped suspension, suicide ft. end
- 6 degree canted rear suspension, BUB Ford wire racing wheels locking hubs, winfield S series carb
- Rajo bb dual spark plug overhead valve external oiling prime system, model a crank pistons
- Texas tornado distributor, 12 volt system
- Electric starter, leather interior, molted maple dash brooklands style windscreens
- Raced Mt Washington hillclimb in the roaring 20s
That looks like a very fun ride!
What is the story on "6 degree canted rear suspension"?
Maybe it's the lowering in the rear measured in degrees on the driveshaft rather than inches? Odd, anyway.
Known racing history gets another type of collectors interested and thus adds to the value more than the speed equipment and body does, I think?
Texas tornado distributor?? Sounds like a bit of "poetic license" was taken in the description......
I've turned down an legit offer for that for my Racer - hate to admit I've probably got that much or more into the build but I've never tallied up (and most likely won't) the receipt envelope !
The above T speedster has just sold again and a mate of mine now owns it.
How do I confirm if the car is original and did race at Mt Washington hillclimb
I agree with Royce. I've hear of Tornado distributors (I think they were one of the early types that clamped or bolted to the front of the engine but had a long vertical shaft and housing that had the 'head' mounted about level with the cylinder head), and we're certainly familiar with the Texas T distributor, but I've never heard of a 'Texas Tornado' distributor. Maybe it was made in Amarillo, Texas in the heart of tornado country.
All of our cars sell to cheap, we are driving pieces of History! Many T's sell for $7,000 to $10,000 and that's a crime. You can't restore the drivetrain for that, much less paint or put an interior in a car. Why do people give them away?
I agree that Model T's are underpriced compared to other monikers; however, I would counter that most antique cars are overpriced. Why is that???
My father's generation could acquire an antique automobile for a fraction of the cost that they are today and could restore them properly on a budget. Today's cars are so overpriced it is hard for young guys to break into the hobby. I was 37 before I could afford to buy a Model T and I still cannot afford a Model A roadster, which is the car I have wanted since I was ten years old. I played with my Hubley Model A so much (with my Han Solo action figure driving it) that the steering wheel was nothing more than a stub.
Why are the prices low on the later T's: because there are so many out there still and the people that want them are getting to be less and less.
You don't restore a model T as an investment, unless it is a very rare model.
Maybe this is one reason T folks are so great, we're here for the love of the car.
Speedsters are built for the owner, they reflect his needs and wants. The cost and value can be quite different.
This one cost over $20K and still increasing as he adds new wire wheels and a Livingstone V radiator. Certainly well worth it to the owner.