The 1926 Ford Model T was much improved. Some owners today say that it was the first major restyling of the Model T since 1917.
Bodies and chassis were lowered and lengthened. The radiator and head lights were raised giving the 1926 Ford a streamlining effect not seem before on any Model T.
Additional restyling features included new larger and heavier fenders, running boards and hoods. Inside was new and finer upholstery that owners decribed as "Gave An Artistic Harmony To The Whole Car
". Seats were set further back, lowered and redesigned.
The most important improvement on the 1926 Ford Model T Touring Car
was that the door opened on the driver side for the first time since 1917. Almost 400,000 1926 Ford Model T Touring Cars were produced at a cost to consumers of only $290.00 (plus $85.00 for the electric start and demountable rims option.). No changes were made in the old work horse of the Model T, it's four cylinder 22.5 horsepower engine. Other Touring Car features included - all steel body, one man top, weather proof side curtains, cord tires and a windshield wiper.
The 1926 Ford Model T Runabout Roadster
improvements included ones done on the Touring Car. At a $260.00 the listed price it was once again one of the lowest cost in Ford history. Special features included - A large compartment under rear deck, nickel plated head lamp rims and balloon tires. Both open cars were painted black until mid 1926.
The 1926 Ford Model T Tudor Sedan
was an all new design, though similar in style to the 1925 Model T Fords. One piece ventilating windshield in the Toudor Sedan gave it greater visibility. The gas tank was now located in the cowl on all models except the four door sedan. Orginally black in early 1926, paint on the Tudor Sedan was deep channel green in later months. The Tudor Sedan sold for $580.00 and 270,331 were produced.
The 1926 Ford Model T Coupe
drive train specifications included - Water cooled cast iron four cylinder engine, 22.5 horsepower, 3 3/4 inch bore, 4 inch stroke, 3.98:1 compression ratio and 176.7 cubic inch displacement, Chassis specifications included - Longer 11 foot 2 1/2 inch chassis, 100 inch wheelbase, 56 inch tread, 30 x 3 1/2 inch wheels and tires.
On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the fifteen millionth Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan. It was a 1927 Ford Model T Touring Car.
Widely known as the "Tim Lizzie" the Model T Ford became the butt of a thousand jokes.
But it was this American Automobile, more than all others combined that was responsible for putting the United States on wheels. Yearly production of the Model T in 1908 was about 10,000 cars and nearly two million 15 years later when the 1926 Ford arrived. A choice of colors was originally available, but from 1913 to 1925 the car was mass-produced in only one color - black.
Ford's market share fell to just 36% by the mid-1920s as rival automobile makers ate away at the aging Model T's sales with fresher, more up-to-date competitive designs. Within the Ford Motor Co. some advocated major changes in the Ford automobile. So during 1926 the company's design engineers were busily at work.
The end of the Model T was officially announced by Henry Ford and Edsel Ford on May 26, 1927. This was nine months after Henry Ford had instructed his designers to begin work on a new American Automobile, the Ford Model A.