12-14 August 2010
1909 Ford Model T Aluminum-Bodied Touring Car
Sold for $55,000
- From the collection of Clyde Ensor, Sr.
- Rare experimental aluminum body
- Purchased new for “Lincoln’s Rebel Niece” Kate Helm
- 1960s restoration that presents very well attesting to the quality of restoration
This Model T has known provenance from its original purchaser. It was purchased from the Bayliss Motor Company in May 1909 for the princely sum of $985 for Miss Kate Helm of Bowmans Mill Pike, Fayette County, Kentucky. It was paid for by check (oddly, written in pencil) by a Mr. W. F Hieatt. Miss Helm was the daughter of Confederate officer Ben Hardin Helm, who was killed during combat in the Civil War. In addition to being a brigadier general, politician, attorney and son of the Kentucky governor, Helm was also the brother-in-law of Abraham Lincoln. Nicknamed “Lincoln’s Rebel Niece,” Kate Helm went on to become an accomplished artist, painting a portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln in 1925 that hangs in the U.S. Capitol. The original check for the car (framed under glass) is included with the purchase of the car.
Perhaps most interesting is the fact that this Model T, one of approximately 10,000 produced in 1909, is one of an unknown number built in Pontiac, Michigan prior to September 1909 with a body constructed of sheet aluminum panels over a hardwood frame. From the collection of Clyde Ensor, Sr., this is a former AACA First Prize winner. The restoration dates to the mid-1960s and presents remarkably well with any cosmetic issues only visible upon close examination. The button-tufted black leather interior is in very nice condition, as are the floor mats, the varnish on the wood cowl and artillery wheels, and all exterior brass. Its unusual aluminum construction and known original history make this an incredible opportunity to purchase a spectacular and rare Model T Touring car.
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