The 1915 Ford T Speedster was a modified version of the Ford Model T, a popular car at the time. Speedsters were designed for racing and were often stripped down for maximum speed and agility. The 1915 model featured a low, sleek body design and a powerful four-cylinder engine that produced 20 horsepower. It had a top speed of around 45 miles per hour, which was considered very fast for the time.

The Hannibal Hornet at a Wings and Wheels Fly-In

To make the car more streamlined, many parts were removed, including the headlights, fenders, and running boards. The chassis was also shortened and the suspension was modified to lower the car’s center of gravity.

Despite their stripped-down appearance, Speedsters were popular with the wealthy and were often used for touring and leisure racing. The high speeds and open-air design made for a thrilling driving experience, and they quickly became a symbol of the new era of American industrialization and prosperity.

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At the May 2023 “Wings and Wheels Fly-In” – photo by

Building the Speedster

Photo by Hugh Hemphill (Spring 2024)