1925 Ford Model "T" stock.......... pretty much
Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:25 PM
Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:51 PM
Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:52 PM
Jeff, now you tell me. : ) I think black fenders would have looked pretty good.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 05:05 PM
Posted 10 November 2012 - 05:12 PM
Posted 11 November 2012 - 05:38 AM
Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:10 AM
Model Ts were available in a lot of different colors in the beginning. But ol' Henry was always looking for ways to increase productivity, speed up the assembly line and keep costs low... in1914 he found that a certain black paint dried faster than other colors did, so he decided that from then on all Ts would be available in black only.
Here's another take on the question ... this one from the Frontenac website FAQ page:
"What where the original colors of the Ford Model T, and in what year did Ford start painting them all black?
No one really knows if Henry Ford ever said that the buying public could have Model T Fords "in any color, so long as it's black", but it is commonly attributed to him. While this saying is true for the model years after 1913, earlier cars were available in Brewster Green, Red, Blue and Gray. In fact, in the first year, Model T Fords were not available in Black at all, but only in Gray, Red and Brewster Green.
Why did Henry Ford choose black for the color of the Model T Ford?
It is often quoted that Ford chose black because the paint dried faster than other colored paints available at the time, and a faster drying paint would allow him to build cars faster as he would not have to wait for the paint to dry. This theory is not supported by fact however.
The fact is that over 30 different types of black paint were used to paint various parts of the Model T. The different types of paint were formulated to satisfy the different means of applying the paint to the different parts, and had different drying times, depending on the paint and the drying method used for a particular part. Ford engineering documents suggest that the color black was chosen because it was cheap and it was durable. Common sense tells us that Ford, being a pragmatic man building a very practical car, certainly would have chosen black for this reason."
In 1926 and 1927, surrendering to the popularity of mulitiple color choices available from rival Chevrolet and its sales successes, Ford offered seven colors on the Model T in addition to black. The available options were Gunmetal Blue, Highland Green, Phoenix Brown, Fawn Gray, Deep Channel Green, Commercial Green, and Royal Maroon. But even when Model T bodies were painted other colors, the chassis and fenders remained black because they came from sub-assembly lines. Only 'special orders' for fleets got fenders of colors other than black.
Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:35 AM
Posted 11 November 2012 - 11:12 AM
Fords didn't sell that well in their earliest years and sales dropped off big-time in 1925-1927.
Ford was forced into offering colors in 1926 & 1927 but that didn't do enough to recapture sales lost to the more stylish and powerful ~ and colorful ~ Chevrolets.
That's why the Model A was rushed into production.
Posted 11 November 2012 - 12:47 PM
Posted 11 November 2012 - 12:49 PM