Ford Model T

 

The Ford Model T is an automobile that was produced by Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908, to May 26, 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordable car, which made personal travel available to middle-class Americans and other nations across the World. The relatively low price was the result of Ford's efficient fabrication, including assembly line production instead of individual handcrafting. It was named the most influential car of the 20th century in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, ahead of the BMC Mini, CitroŽn DS, and Volkswagen Beetle because it provided inexpensive transportation on a massive scale, and also because the car signified innovation for the rising middle class and became a powerful symbol of the United States' age of modernization. With 15 million sold, it was the most sold car in history before being surpassed by the Volkswagen Beetle in 1972,

The first 'Corgi Classic' to be branded as such was the Ford Model T in 1964. I think Corgi were after Matchbox's lunch here as by now the Models of Yesteryear range was well established and had created its own market niche - a compromise between modelling accuracy and a toy robust enough to play with without all those fine detaily bits snapping off. Corgi may however have been a bit pricey at 8/11d. I'm sure they were significantly dearer than the Matchbox MOY range.

There are three Ford Model Ts in the 1964 Classics releases and each gets its own model number .The black open car is 9011 and has a driver and passenger figure in the front, the same car in yellow with the hood down and the same two figures is 9012 and in blue, with the hood up it is 9013. The blue car was supplied with a driver figure cranking the engine. The trio of Fords stayed in production until 1969. There are no listed variations and as with all the early Corgi Classics, values are low.

Corgi Classics returned to this car, and some others from the original mid 60s Corgi Classics range in 1985 in the post Mettoy era, the Model Ts are shown below. Corgi Classics also made vans and trucks based on the same modelling

 

1964 Releases

       
Corgi Toys 9011; 1915 Ford Model T; Black, Hood Down, Two Front Seat Passengers Corgi Toys 9012; 1915 Ford Model T; Yellow With Black Chassis, Driver & Passenger Figures Corgi Toys 9013; 1915 Ford Model T; Blue, Hood Up, Driver Figure Cranking The Engine    
Corgi Toys 9011; 1915 Ford Model T; Black, Hood Down, Two Front Seat Passengers Corgi Toys 9012; 1915 Ford Model T; Yellow With Black Chassis, Driver & Passenger Figures Corgi Toys 9013; 1915 Ford Model T; Blue, Hood Up, Driver Figure Cranking The Engine    
1985 Releases        
Corgi C863; 1915 Ford Model T Tourer; Black, Black Hood Corgi C863; 1915 Ford Model T Tourer; Blue, Black Hood Corgi C863; 1915 Ford Model T Tourer; Open Top, Yellow, Black Chassis Corgi C863; 1915 Ford Model T Tourer; Red, Black Hood Corgi C863; 1915 Ford Model T Tourer; Red, White Soft Top
Corgi C863; 1915 Ford Model T Tourer; Black, Black Hood Corgi C863; 1915 Ford Model T Tourer; Blue, Black Hood Corgi C863; 1915 Ford Model T Tourer; Open Top, Yellow, Black Chassis Corgi C863; 1915 Ford Model T Tourer; Red, Black Hood Corgi C863; 1915 Ford Model T Tourer; Red, White Soft Top
1993 Release        
Corgi Classics 97049; Yellowstone National Park Service 2 Pce Set; Model T Tanker & Tourer        
Corgi 97049; Yellowstone National Park Service 2 Pce Set; Model T Tanker & Tourer        

 


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