Wagon Wednesday: 1925 Ford Model T Depot Hack is a real throwback


For Wagon Wednesday, I wanted to get a look at something different, something much older than the usual fare. This fits the bill nicely, wouldn’t you say?

It’s a 1925 Ford Model T… and it’s for sale.

[Source: Hemmings Classifieds]


A few details from the ad:

Originally intended as an adaptation for hotels resorts and estates to transport guests from railroad depots and steamship piers the Depot Hacks combination of multiple passenger accommodations and the innate appeal of their brightly varnished wood bodies still appeals. This 1925 Model T from near the end of the models long and storied production is handsomely presented in black (favored by Henry because black paint dried days faster than colored lacquers) with very attractive varnished wood body. It features three row seating a black composite covered roof over varnished wood battens black upholstery black wood spoke wheels single sidemount cowl lights electric headlights with chrome escutcheons and rubber mats on the floors. Adding to its use in modern traffic the two-speed epicyclic transmission is supplemented by a Ruckstell two-speed rear axle.

Price: $29,500       

1925 was near the end of a long and incredibly popular run for the Model T, having started production in 1908, with over 15 million cars sold during that time. Some Model T’s, like this example, were sold as trucks, badged as Model TT. The interior is as bare as it can get, but it’s beautiful and functional. (Do you have a dipstick and oil can in your front seat?)


By 1925, other manufacturers had begun building faster, better cars, with more features than the Model T, and by 1927, the final Model T rolled off the assembly line. It was still a state of the art car, though, and were stylish, practical, and reliable. Ford liked the quick-drying black paint, but I think it happens looks fantastic against the varnished wood on the body. For $29,500, this old-school woody wagon predecessor isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s not out of reach of the aspiring collector. What do you think of this hack? 


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12 responses to “Wagon Wednesday: 1925 Ford Model T Depot Hack is a real throwback”

  1. Ju1iet_C Avatar

    Show up at Venice Beach with that and damn well permanently cure your loneliness – regardless of your height, weight, age or gender.

  2. Vavon Avatar

    For those who think driving a conventional manual is just way too easy…
    <img src="http://www.pictures.musclecarjungle.com/d/4922-2/1911-model-t-ford-foot-pedals.jpg"&gt;
    Clutch – Reverse – Brake (if I'm not mistaken)!

  3. wisc47 Avatar

    I wood hoon this.

    1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

      Only a sap wouldn't.

      1. MVEilenstein Avatar

        You're really branching out with these puns.

        1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
          ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

          It's more fruitful that way.

  4. Sid Troon Avatar
    Sid Troon

    This may not have been made this way by Ford. Wood kits to make these have been available for many years and lots of people with bare Model T chassis' have built them. I must say the workmanship is impeccable.
    Model T's aren't hard to drive, but by modern standards they are deeply weird, and the three pedal thing is just the start. Getting one started, especially one without a self-starter, is a real skill. You have a choke, spark timing, throttle and fuel mixture control, all of which have to be just right before it will start.

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    "Cheap" is relative. I think a price just below 30k is not much considering that people have taken care of this machine for almost 90 years. So much history – and try to imagine all the work that has been done to keep it running. I wouldn't know what to do with it, but it is an awesome choice for Wagon Wednesday.

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      I agree, and thanks for explaining it better than I did. It really is not a bad price. This kind of custom woodwork ain't cheap.

  6. Rover1 Avatar

    Should we be campaigning to bring all this back ignition advance,hand starting, et al or just stop at a clutch and manny tranny?

  7. Dave Avatar

    Who owns the right to the photo of the1925 Model T Depot Hack? I would like permission to use it a book that I am writing.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Not us (this is Tim, EIC for Hooniverse.com).
      If you follow through to the Hemmings ad: http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/ford/m
      The outfit selling it is called Hyman, Ltd: http://www.hymanltd.com/
      Looks like it's their shots inside their dealership. Best bet would be to give them a call.

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