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1. Rare photo of a commercial Model T Ford

The stock of original old-car photos is piling up nicely on oldclassicar, including this one sent in by Les, a regular contributor to this website. To view more photographs like this one, please visit the main photos of old cars section.
Ford Model T van
Thanks for scanning and sending this over Les. The van in question is liveried in the colours of Littlewood Brothers Ltd, of 93 High Rd, Kilburn in London. Commercial vehicles back in the 1920s and earlier offered little in the way of protection for the unfortunate driver, and passenger if there was one. There are no side windows in this Model T Ford, so sturdy waterproofs were the order of the day when driving these little Fords.

2. Model T van photographed in New Zealand

Photographs of Ford Model T saloons and tourers turn up from time to time (I have some on this page, and a Model T ambulance on this page), but pictures showing commercial vehicles are scarcer. This cracking photograph was sent over by Norrie, who lives in New Zealand:
"This is a photo of my father taken in early 1920s, when he was the delivery boy for my Grandfather's store at Ohoka near Christchurch in New Zealand. I believe it to be a Model T Ford delivery van."
Model T van in New Zealand
Thanks for sending this family photo over, much appreciated!!

3. A family day out in a Ford Model T

Sadly I know nothing about this old photograph, other than that it shows a Model T, similar to the one at the top of this page. My guess is that the family piled in the back of the van, perhaps on some makeshift seating. The bonnet is up, so perhaps they are letting the engine cool while they sup on a refreshing cup of tea, all very civilised. Note the blanket or sheeting covering the rear wheel.
Ford Model T van

4. A Model T baker's van

Brian sent this old family photo over, it shows a baker's van parked outside a pub in 1915. Brian adds: "The photo shows my wife's great-grandfather Robert Harrill's breadvan (a Ford Model T?) outside the Wheatsheaf pub in Corston, nr Bath. Also in the photo, it is said, are the three Douglas brothers on their motorcycles, the brothers being famous for founding the Bristol company which produced Douglas motorcycles for many years. We don't know what the occasion was or why the photo was taken. We have failed to find a clearer photo.
It is said in my wife's family that the van had to be bought when it proved impossible for Robert to replace his deceased horse, all fit horses being shipped to the front in France. We have another photo of the same van outside another local pub, the Globe in Newton St Loe. Robert's son, who used to make the deliveries, was known to like a drink".
Model T Baker's van built in 1915
Thanks for sending the photo in Brian. Dane has had a look at this photo, and agrees on the van being a Model T: "The wheels look right, the spare tyre appears to be a beaded edge one of the right size. There is just a hint of the flywheel housing under the car in the right place. Steering column is about the correct angle - pity we cant see a little more of the steering wheel as that would be a certain way to be sure.
Assuming it is a T (and I'm pretty certain it is) then 1915 sounds about right. The side lamp is of the 'round' type and for 1915 only, they had a brass chimney top and brass front lens surround. This could well have a brass top. Even allowing for reflections etc, the topmost part appears to be lighter than the black body of the lamp. Everything about the vehicle suggests it is fairly new, so the 1915 date of the photo seems pretty good to me.
If it can be proved that the motorcyclists are the Douglas brothers, then it is a very exciting find". Thanks Dane for the extra information!

5. A Model T butcher's van

Following on from the baker's van, now a Model T Ford butcher's van, in the livery of a small firm in Lincolnshire. I'm told that this van is no later than 1917, and that the fitment of electric sidelamps on the front wings was an unusual choice at that time, kerosene lamps below the screen being the more common fitting.
(Please click the thumbnail to view full-size image.)
A Model T butcher's van

6. Further Model T & TT photos from my own collection

The following pictures are published elsewhere but fit in well with the topic of this page. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger version.
This picture shows a Model T with an unusual style of coachwork - similar to the Canopy Express that was available in the 1920s. Note the 2 gallon Shell Motor Spirit fuel can on the running board. A note on the back says that the pic was taken on the shores of Lake Hakuru, which is in Kenya. Model T in Kenya
Interestingly, this is the big brother to the Model T - namely the Model TT, a purpose-built commercial based on the Model T design. To see a larger version of this Ford Model TT pic, and other 1 ton trucks like it, please visit this page. Ford Model TT Truck with passengers
In the background of this photo is a Model T delivery van, or possibly a Model TT, with what looks like a sun awning attached to the roof, offering some shade to the people in view. Model T van with awning
Two Model T Fords plus another vehicle are visible in this picture, which shows the three vehicles parked in an open fronted shed. Ford Truck with passengers

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