Original 1915 Model T Ford Kuempel Red-I-Kut Speedster/Racer with History
1915 Ford Model T
1915 Kuempel Red-I-Kut Model T Ford Speedster.
This is a great and authentic Model T speedster with a known history and has had only four owners since it was built in St. Louis in the 1920s. From my research, this may be the only surviving original Kuempel boat tail speedster body inexistence.
This speedster was built by Francis A. Mesker in the early1920’s using a body kit supplied by the Kuempel Hardware Company of Guttenberg,Iowa. The Mesker Family operated one of the largest architectural metal foundries in the Midwest and were prominent society members in St. Louis. This car was kept by the Mesker family till the 1980’s when it was donated to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation. The museum owned the speedster until 2005 when they sold the car at auction to a well-known St. Louis collector who owned it until last year.
This car has many period modifications and accessories including the original Kuempel Red-I-Kut two-man speedster body with its matching hood, radiator, radiator shell and full frame skirting. The chassis has rare Rajo “self steering" spindles, lowered (underslung) front and rear end assemblies using original pieces which I believe are Morton and Brett, and four, matching 30 x 3 1/2" House wire wheels.
The build of this car closely resembles the 1920s Secrets of Speed article by Murray Fahnestock ( Model T Speed Secrets: The Fast Ford Handbook pages 122-128) which discusses building a car with the Red-I-Kut body kit.
Like most Model T speedsters, the Ford chassis components are a variety of years. It has a 1915 block with the casting date of 7-14-15 and an engine number of 851802. It has a clear and current title and is titled as a 1915 Ford. The engine is stock, although when I had the lower cover off, I discovered it has a counterbalanced crank shaft.
This is a mostly original car that I do not believe has been disassembled since it was first built in the 1920s. At some point, the museum repainted it its current red color, but the insides of the body appear to be in original black paint. The inner wood structure is mostly original. The body is rock solid and tight. There are no rust or pitting issues on the body shee tmetal or chassis components.
During the past year, the car has been mechanically freshened including new wiring, cables, 12 volt battery, fuel system cleaning, a rebuilt Holley "straight thru" carburetor, replaced timer, radiator cleaned and checked, (does not overheat or leak), rebuilt and rewired headlamps and tail lamp, new front end bushings, etc etc. It starts instantly without any fussing and when warm gives lots of "free starts". The engine seems to run well with no objectionable noises or problems. The transmission shifts smoothly and quietly. Tires are old Ward Riversides but very serviceable with good tread. The desirable House wire wheels are very nice. It has the original, extended removable hand crank and a wrench for the wire wheels.
THE ACTUAL MILEAGE IS UNKNOWN.
This is neat and rare car that could be used for a variety of events including HCCA tours or vintage racing. Authentic, period-built Model T speedsters are few and far between and those that exist are rarely offered for sale.
Please call 734-730-4274 or message me through Ebay to schedule a personal inspection. I have over 100 detailed photos I can mail to seriously interested parties and would be glad to show anyone the car. It is located near Detroit, MI.TERMS OF SALE: PLEASE READ.
1-Any potential buyers are encouraged to personally inspect this automobile and/or send a 3rd party to inspect the vehicle prior to bidding or purchasing.
2- All items are being sold as-is and where-is. There are absolutely no guarantees or warranties of any type including but not limited to: mechanical condition, originality, history, overall condition, mileage, etc etc etc
3-This vehicle is being sold with a clear and current title. A complete bill of sale and sales agreement will be issued to the buyer from the seller.
4A:Payment in full must be received within 7 business days of completion of sale unless otherwise agreed upon.
4B: A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of 500.00 is required to end this listing and must be paid through PayPal.
4C: The balance is to be paid via bank wire transfer.
4D:All payments are completely non-refundable. Buyer is responsible for transport and removal of all items.
5-Seller/Owner agrees to store items for 30 days from the date of this contact. Additional storage can be arranged upon request.
6- By making any payments towards these items, the buyer is agreeing to these terms.
7- Buyer becomes responsible for these items upon payment of allfunds however seller/agent agree to store these items in a secure, climate controlled facility until buyer can arrange removal..
8- No items will be released until the agreed full amount is paid in full.
9-Removal and transportation of these items is the full responsibility of the buyer.
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- VIN: 851802
- Item location: Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
- Year: 1915
- Mileage: 99999999
- Make: Ford
- Model: Model T
- Color: Red
- Engine: 4 cylinder
- Number of cylinders: 4
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Interior color: Black
- Vehicle Title: Clean