1917 Ford Model T

The Ford Model T is a saloon with 4 doors and a front mounted powerplant which delivers its power to the rear wheels. The 2.9 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, side valve, 4 cylinder unit that produces 20 bhp (20.3 PS/14.9 kW) of power at 1800 rpm. Power is transferred to the wheels via a 2 speed manual gearbox. The Ford Model T weighs a stated 700 kg at the kerb. It is claimed to manage a top speed of 68 km/h (42 mph).


Key facts

1917 Ford Model T information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
3404 mm
How heavy?
700 kg
What size engine?
2.9 litre, 2878 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
20.3 PS / 20 bhp / 14.9 kW @ 1800 rpm
How much torque?
How quick?
0-60 mph: -1 s
How quick?
0-100 km/h: -1 s
How fast?
68 km/h, 42 mph

Ford Model models

2 door roadster FR 2M 2896 cm3 20.3 PS 20 bhp 14.9 kW 700 kg
1917 Ford Model T data
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2553 mm 100.5 inches
Track/tread (front) 1467 mm 57.8 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1467 mm 57.8 inches
Length 3404 mm 134 inches
Width 1676 mm 66 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.33
Kerb weight 700 kg 1543 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 2.9 litre
2878 cc
(175.626 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 95 × 101.5 mm
3.74 × 4 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.94
Valve gear side valve (SV)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output 20.3 PS (20 bhp) (14.9 kW)
at 1800 rpm
Specific output 6.9 bhp/litre
0.11 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
Specific torque
Engine construction
compression ratio
Fuel system 1 Ho carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 719.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) -1 s
Acceleration 0-60mph -1 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h -1 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) -1.00 s
Standing quarter-mile 33 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 68 km/h (42 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 28.97 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
21.31 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
28.57 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.01 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 46.94 kg/kW
78.4 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension LA.TL.
Rear suspension LA.TL.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 2 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.64
Carfolio.com ID69872
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 22.4
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1917 Ford Model T added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.