Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
Here's an exceptional way to be at the grassroots of the motoring age. This 1923 Ford Model T has been given a full wood Depot Hack body. That makes it a turn-key example of our automotive history on wheels.
This vehicle has a ton of vintage charm as it mixes craftsman looks with one of the most interesting times in early automotive history. The depot hack will always have a cool place in our motoring saga. When America was just starting to get on wheels, we were still traveling long distinctness by train. A vehicle like this was specifically around to carry people and luggage from the train depot or ship port to the hotels and destinations. In fact, this wood body is the exact reason why we would evolve into woody station wagons when cars became a little more advanced. So the point is to have something basic, rugged, and ready to carry everything. That's what this one really nails with its appearance and function. The front, fenders, and lower body has that robust Model T metal look. The black paint is a great choice, because this comes from around the era that Henry Ford's cars only came in black, and the finish on this one may even have a few people assume it's original. And there's great detailing everywhere you look, like the carriage lights up front, exposed hinges in the rear, and vinyl-covered roof. There's even a falcon radiator mascot leading the way.
A proper depot hack doesn't have much of what you would call an interior. This was directly replacing a horse buggy, and so while the bodies were specialty made, they were also quite rudimentary. This build uses fresher lumber but follows the proper spirit. So there are a few concessions, like padding for the hard-working driver and a windshield. But the real appeal is more about enjoying the craftsman look of a hand-built car body and a bygone era. Controls for the Model T were simple, and it's easy to master after understanding the three pedals and the hand throttle. The fat steering wheel makes navigation easy, and the view from up high is commanding.
The Model T's powerplant was the trusty 177 cubic-inch inline-four, which was rated at about 20 horsepower. It might not seem like much, but it feels plenty powerful thanks to a well-engineered setup with good low-end torque and smart gearing. This one has new coils and runs with the kind of gusto that gave these Model Ts their bulletproof reputation. So this is far more than just a hand-crafted display piece.
Even if you just have a few houseguests, this depot hack will turn the clock back a full century for some early motoring fun. It's one of the most interesting ways to enjoy a Model T, so call today!
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