If money were no object, I think everyone would love to add a 1909 Ford Model T to their collection. With brass trim, bright red paint, fancy pin striping, the 1909 Model T's have it all. Unfortunately, money generally is a consideration. I recently came across a photo of what I believe to be the affordable alternative to the 1909 Model T. The car literally has all the "bells and whistles". Brass trim, bright red paint, lots of fancy pin striping, and an actual bell. Anybody with a sign painter in their family could be the envy of their block:
You would even get to wear a BIG hat!
The back of the postcard I purchased on ebay states: "From the Henry Austin Clark Jr. Collection of Antique Automobiles on display at the Long Island Auto Museum, Southampton, NY. The postcard is dated 1950.
"Bells and Whistles" I love it. I recognized Austie before I got to the text. As I recall there are some official "Sandy Hollow F. D." members here on the Forum.
That car is alive and well and looking very much the same as in your photo.
Austie used to give official Sandy Hollow FD cast aluminum plaques to the "inside" few. One such plaque resides on a shelf in my car barn. I got mine from a personal friend of austies, Walter Mccarthy, who as a young mane worked for the museum. He did not get paid but was allowed to go out to the bone yard to pick out a treasure every so often. Wally and his father had a thing for chain drive Simplex cars so he always picked out Simplex chassis's and parts. Smart guy!!!!