While Henry Ford thought the Model T was the ideal car and resisted Edsel Ford’s urging to replace it as first Dodge and then Chevrolet started to erode Ford’s market share, the fact is that the Model T indeed had its share of upgrades. While visiting the Piquette Ave. site where the Model T was developed and first produced, I was struck by how many different kinds of wheels the Model T wore over the 19 years it was produced. It started with rather spindly looking wooden spokes, and later moved to more robust spokes, though still wooden. Eventually steel wire spoke wheels were used. Specialty vehicles, like trucks and early 4WD efforts, were equipped with heavier duty wheels, or in the case of the Model T snowmobile, front skis and rear tracks. Here’s a gallery of the various wheels used by Ts over the years. For comparison’s sake I’ve also included photos of the wheels of the Model A, Ford V8, and 2005 Ford GT also on display at the museum.
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