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1919 Ford Model T Convertible

1919 Ford Model T Convertible




This car is 101 years old and looks better than most of us!

The Model T automobile was built by the Ford Motor Company from 1908 until 1927. Conceived by Henry Ford as practical, affordable transportation for the common man, it quickly became prized for its low cost, durability, versatility, and ease of maintenance. It was the earliest effort to make a car that most people could actually buy.

Modern cars were first built in 1885 in Germany by Karl Benz, and the first American cars in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1893 by Charles and Frank Duryea. But just because they were available didn’t mean that ordinary people could afford them.

The Model T was actually affordable and it became so popular at one point that a majority of Americans owned one, directly helping rural Americans become more connected with the rest of the country and leading to the numbered highway system. The manufacturing needs of the Model T went hand in hand with Ford’s revolutionary modernisation of the manufacturing process.


  • This is a NZ New, Colonial Built Body likely to have been assembled in Dunedin, but could have also been Christchurch (we're uncertain of this).
  • We do not know its history but we know that it was restored at some point in Christchurch and had work done on it by Brian Moir, who carried out brake and steering work among other work including engine tuning and wiring.
  • Body wise, it was also restored at some point and painted yellow, as can be seen from photos, then painted black again.
  • We purchased this in November 2019.Previous owner purchased from a deceased estate in Oamaru circa 13 years ago.
  • Mechanically sound and car is in very good working condition.
  • Motor is good and healthy - nice and pleasant to drive.
  • Body was good when we bought it but paint rough. Since then, we pulled it apart, stripped it down to bare metal and professionally repainted it in its original black colour.
  • Car now looks stunning with brand new paint job.
  • Wood is in excellent order.
  • Wheels and tires in very good order
  • Structurally sound - no rust anywhere.
  • Soft Top is in very good order - so is upholstery.
  • Spare wheel available.
  • Original side curtains available but need restoration - we can offer to restore for a Buyer and this can be quoted separately.
  • Car needs compliance, as rego is currently dead but is still on black plates Reg#: DR2874. Price advertised here is for the car as is (i.e.: uncomplied). We can offer to comply, register and put a new WOF for a Buyer.  Its a relatively simple process and all this can be negotiated / discussed with interested parties.

The production of the Model T was preceded by eight car models through which Ford developed various aspects that would eventually come together as the Model T.

More than 15 Million Model T's were produced.

Parts and support are easily accessible through the Model T Club www.modeltford.co.nz and all those who have an interest in the Model T Ford are eligible to join the Club. Its a great Club founded in 1993 by a group of dedicated Model T enthusiasts, providing members with rallies, technical advice, historical research and social events involving Model T Fords. The Club may be contacted at modeltclubnz@gmail.com  - The annual subscription is $35 - overseas membership is $40 NZ.


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At Waimak Classic Cars, our principal interest is to ensure the preservation of classic and vintage vehicles. Please remember that our vehicles are many years old, often with further previous owners. Many have been bought by us recently. We cannot know exactly what repairs or maintenance has been done although we do our best to obtain log books and copies of invoices of work done, when, and by whom.

Our descriptions are based on our own observations and knowledge and we look for the best examples we can find. Indicated mileages are based on the records showing with NZTA and / or the vehicle’s odometer reading. Because of the age of the vehicle, this can never be guaranteed. Our inspections are generally non-invasive. Our description is based on a visual inspection and on information supplied to us by third parties.

Any sale is on the condition that the purchaser relies on his/her own judgment and does not rely on our skill or judgment or on any representation made by us. This applies even if the Buyer has not inspected the vehicle before purchase. We strongly recommend that you have the vehicle inspected by an independent assessor qualified to comment on the particular vehicle’s condition. If you are unable to organise this, then this can be organised on your behalf, at your cost.

We are proud of our reputation. However, no older vehicle can be expected to be as reliable as a new one and so all our vehicles are sold on an as is where is basis. Mechanical breakdowns, electronic failures at inconvenient times and maintenance costs are part and parcel of the ownership of classic and vintage vehicles. Reliability is a combination of the particular vehicle, how it has been driven and maintained, and luck.

For more information about this vehicle, please contact us Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 6:00pm (New Zealand Standard Time) on +64 (0) 3 310-6485 / +64 (0) 274 990-020. Alternatively, you may email us at info@waimakclassiccars.co.nz anytime.

PLEASE NOTE: As Waimak Classic Cars is NOT a car yard dealer type of operation, we do not operate through fixed opening hours. Viewing is therefore STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and A FEW DAYS NOTICE is always appreciated, as it is seldom possible for us to accommodate viewing on the same day of inquiry