Most authorities state that by the time our car was made, the 1911 touring body had been changed from the all-wood construction of earlier years to metal panels over a wooden framework. This car has an all wood body and we know of two cars with consecutive serial numbers built several months later than this, one of which is all wood and the other is metal skinned. The discrepancy between ‘authoritative sources’ and fact crops up all the time during Ford Model T restorations, even when the authoritative source is the official Ford archives. This makes it difficult to determine what is exactly correct for any given car, especially the early cars. Our years of restoration experience tells us that when it comes to Model Ts, Henry Ford definitely did not “make them all the same”.
The body paint on this car has been doctored by previous owners, so we needed to look under the leather upholstery to find traces of the original colour of this car. Ford specified that all touring cars for 1911 would be painted blue, but we know of several examples where this directive was not followed. We verified that this car was originally painted blue with grey pin striping. 1911 marked the last year for pin striping on the body and running gear. Since the striping was all done by hand by several painters, each car would likely exhibit variations in the style and placement of the striping.