Attended this swap meet, held annually in Christchurch, New Zealand. Good line up of T's present; early one, eh? two handles!!
This one is a genuine racer with history, Roof head, etc, very trick, attracted much attention;
A few more of the racer.
For comparison, check out the early Cadillac awaiting restoration in the swap meet
I had a great day there on Friday.
Yeah Kevin, I attended all three days, bought lots, very satisfied.
Wonderful pictures. The Speedster and Cadillac especially were fun to see.
Thanks for taking them.
I like the Riley Elf left of the two lever T in the 1st pic
The interesting RHD 2 lever makes me think about this long thread with discussions whether there were any built by Ford? http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/239346.html?1323849406
Neat cars, love that engine....
The RHD 2 lever has a later coil box.... Probably not 100% original but still nice.
Who owns the 2-Lever?
Any more photos of Complete Car?
These are the only other pix I have of the two handle car, sorry, dunno owner details.
What were the asking prices Brian?
Great stuff! Looks like a lot of wonderful things for such a far corner of the world. And right in your back yard.
That two lever T is quite interesting.
How do those pedals and levers work? That is which is the brake and the low? Which lever on the steering column is for gas and spark control? Looks like a person from the U.S.A. would have to learn to drive a T all over again?
Someone will correct me if I'm wrong Norm, but all is the same except the lever is for reverse.
This one is likely a made up car (referring to the analysis by Mark Herdman in the linked thread) but generally, RHD T's has the throttle lever on the left, spark lever on the right and the pedals in the same order as LHD Model T's.
Two lever T's has the reverse lever on the inside of the hand brake and it's the reverse lever that controls neutral.
Soon after production began problems with this setup became obvious - you can't both steer and control the throttle very well in reverse with just one hand, so the regular three pedal system with the neutral in the hand brake was implemented as soon as was practically possible given the orders for material already delivered from outside suppliers. When the new design was running at approximately #800, I think a retrofit package was offered for the earlier cars - but not all were changed.
I too saw this 2 lever T at McLeans Island Swap Meet. Cant. New Zealand last weekend. I do not know enough about early T's but know most brass cars are made up from bits & pieces, after all they are over 100years old now.
Can any of you Gentlemen say whether any original 2 lever RHD cars exist anywhere in the world?
Was this car at the Swap Meet actually for sale or just on display?? I was thinking that it maybe Tom Stevens car which to my knowledge is at about that stage of restoration and unlikely for sale
Alan in Western Australia
That is Tom Stephen's car. The coilbox wasn't ready so a temporary unit was in place for the day. It is a fresh restoration and not for sale, unlike the Cadillac which was $20,000nz.
I think this was the car sold in NZ on ebay. It had a tacky body which Tom was selling a couple of years ago at the swap meet. Looked like an original car when I bid on it. It was discussed on this forum at the time. Tom has made a wonderful job.
The Cadillac was a tow truck and has two Cadillac gearboxes, one behind the other. Owner is Brian Walker in Dunedin.
I think Tom has done an excellent job on the car in a very short period of time. Looks really good! Well done!
I'll probably never get to Australia or New Zealand, but both are on my bucket list.