When he first started producing motor cars, Henry Ford said he wanted to make a car “for the masses”. And this one certainly was. Approximately 77% of the 1917 assembly line was devoted to the Model T Touring car.

Ambulance 1,452

Chassis 41,165

Coupelet 7,343

Runabout 107,240

Sedan 7,361

Touring 568,128

Town Car 2,328

The Touring car cost $360 and the Town Car $595. If you were another coach manufacturer or just a tinkerer, you could buy a chassis from Ford. .

Ford’s Field Ambulance, canvas on wood frame, was used by the English and French as well as the American Expeditionary Forces in “the Great War”, World War I (1914-1918) – it had a top speed of 45 mph produced by a 4 cylinder water-cooled engine

Our 1917 Touring car has 3 doors (no driver-side door) for 5 passengers, vertical L-head,177 cid, 22.5 hp, 100” wheelbase, front and back tread was 56”, black pleated leather interior – thermo-syphon cooling system, wheels were still the wooden artillery, Holley King carburetor and a 10 gallon fuel tank.

This year, Ford replaced the brass trim on the steering gear box, the hubcaps and the radiator filler neck with nickel-plated components. This change, considering the increasing volume of Model Ts produced, greatly increased Ford’s margin of profit.

Henry Ford paid his workers a wage proportionate to the cost of the automobile so that they would be able to buy what they produced. By introducing such innovations, his factories were able to outsell and out-produce the rest of the industry, and “mobilize” the country.

During the years 1917 to 1923, Ford did not do any advertising. With 9 out of 10 cars on the road being a Ford, none was necessary.

Below is our 1917 on the Village Green. Often during special events rides are available.