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September 11, 2018

By: Jonathan

CARS

A 1920 Model T Speedster Barry Allen Would Love

Certain cars have a way of invoking emotion sheerly by design and while this undoubtedly depends on the viewer, this 1920 Ford Model T Speedster has a look that makes me want to drive it, badly!

Launching in 1908 the Model T is often regarded by people, incorrectly, as the first car. This is simply because it was the first mass produced car, but cars were around some 30 years before the Model T. However, nearly immediately upon the car’s release it began making a name for itself and not just in the manner stated above, but as a racer.

This speedster headed to auction in Hershey, PA is an example of just that, a 1920s racer. Though no one is exactly certain where this one hails from it is reminiscent of ones of the era which as the listing states, features: “Heavy wooden factory bodies were stripped away and left behind in farmyards, and they were replaced by lightweight racing bucket seats and oval tanks. Full-length windshields were replaced by circles of glass no larger than a lady’s hand mirror. Sleek vee’d brass radiator shells recalled the Mercedes machines that ran at Indianapolis. Taken down to its bare essentials, a Model T was more than just affordable transportation. It was genuinely quick and a real hoot in which to shoot up and down a dirt road.”

Not only does this example not feature an identifying number, but in its place has a brass plate with the word “Samantha.” And while we’d hoped this would set us off on some Da Vinci Code like quest it is merely a name given to the car by its past owners Richard and Jean Hawkins of Atascadero, California. This car is a piece of automotive history and evolution and stands to put a smile on someone’s face when sold next month at RM Sotheby’s.

[Photography courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.]

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