Model T Touring Car

Ford Model-T Touring Sedan

1915 Model-T Windshield

The windshield on the 1915 Model-T stood upright and is supported by the side lights. The frame is black-painted aluminum on early 1915s and steel on later 1915s. The top windshield can be folded back and then down.

First Year Model-T Had Tread Pattern on Rear Tires

Ford started using the new “no-skid” tires in 1915, but to save money, all branches were to use up the smooth tires first. Obsolete on Model-Ts by 1915.  All the good old stuff like brass radiators, oil lamps, hand cranks, and bulb horns, were mostly gone by the modern year of 1915.

1915 Fenders Curve to Follow the Wheel

The 1915 Model-T has the rare distinction of having two slightly variant designs — early ones were the same as the 1914 cars, the later 1915s had a different clamp style. The 1915 front fenders were not crowned. Crowned fenders didn’t show until 1917.

What we call evil is simply ignorance bumping its head in the dark. – Henry Ford

Louvers Added to the Hood

By 1915, the horn was mounted inside the hood near the firewall and inside the steering column. Without the louvers, you could honk all you want but no one would hear it. Also of interest, the 1915 hood was made of aluminum.  It wasn’t until 1916 that the hoods were made of steel.

Body Panel Suppliers Stamp Brand on the Model-T

Ford had several suppliers of body panels and each supplier had different ways of making those panels. Therefore, owners of two Model-Ts of the same year might pass each other on the road and notice something different about the other car. This was a problem for Ford so he just discontinued noting body numbers in production beginning in May 1915. The serial number found on Model-Ts after the Spring of 1915 refer only to the engine, not the body.


Modernization of the Model-T Original 1915 Model-T Seats Not Comfortable Compared to a wooden buggy seat, the Model T seats might be considered comfortable. The rear seat was luxurious and even looked comfortable with the rear cushion extending around to add side support. The original Model T upholstery material was an expensive broadcloth with elaborate trimming. 1915 First Year Model T Put Tread Pattern on Rear Tires In 1916, Ford switched to the new “non-skid tires,” but he directed all plants to use up the smooth tires first. Model T Brake Pedal Goes From Fancy to Smooth Before 1915 the foot pedals had inscriptions of “C, R, and B” cast on their top faces. Those were replaced with a ribbed pattern. Then by 1915, the pedals were smooth. Transition from oil lamp to magneto energy lights Ford began using the new magneto (3/4″ magnets) in 1914, beginning with engine number 578,042. The magneto was strong enough to provide energy currents for the headlights. It was designed to reduce the dead spots in the spark lever setting (a common complaint in earlier designs). “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” — Henry Ford. According to Bruce McCalley of the Model T Ford Club, “All early 1915 lamps had brass rims. Electric headlamps, and oil tail and side lamps, with brass rims were standard equipment on the 1915s. By about June of 1915, the brass trim was discontinued on all lamps. The new design of the side and tail lamps were cheaper, and could be moved from one side to the other.” Model T History Article Page 1 Page 2 (you are here) See Model T for sale Family touring the countryside in Model T Henry Ford was a Naturalist A 1914 Touring Car was given to naturalist John Burroughs by his friend, Henry Ford, to show Burroughs that cars could benefit him in his study of nature. Taking the family cow to market with Model T Ford Model-T bodies all varied, no two exactly alike. Ford had several suppliers of bodies so different brands had their own variations. This became a problem for Ford until he decided to discontinue noting body numbers in production beginning in May 1915. ———–

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