1916 Ford Model T Runabout
177 cid, I-4, 20 bhp

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The Ford Model T, also known as the “Tin Lizzie” is often credited with “putting America on wheels”. The use of the moving assemble line didn’t begin until 1914, streamlining the production process down to just over 90 minutes. One of the consequences of this was making the Model T “available in any color you wanted, as long as it’s black”, as black paint dried the fastest. The major changes for 1916 were the dropping of brass trimmed lamps in favor of painted ones, smooth-surfaced pedals, aluminum transmission covers, steel hood, and magneto type horns. The 20 horsepower produced a top speed of around 45 mph. The transmission was a “three-speed”, two forward and one reverse, planetary gear type. The list price of a Model T as shown in 1916 was $595.


  • 1916 Fords identical to 1915 models except for the deletion of brass trim around head lamps
  • Basic equipment included three oil lamps (two side, one tail)
  • 98,633 runabouts built in 1916
  • Price new: $390