Rare ‘Tin Lizzie’ to be seen at Cars & Coffee show

2017-12-14 06:01
<Derek Elliot’s 1912 Model T Ford will be seen on Saturday at the Speedyquip Cars & Coffee at 3 Prince Alfred Road.                   Photo:SUPPLIED

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It is not often that one sees a 1912 Ford Model T at a motoring show, but on Saturday petrol heads can enjoy the privilege of viewing a “Pedal Ford” at the annual Speedyquip Cars & Coffee at 3 Prince Alfred Road in North End.

This 105 year old car with its wooden spoked wheel rims belongs to Derek Elliott, one of the organisers of this popular event where the public are invited to bring and show their own vehicles.

“I bought it in 2013. It had been my late father-in-law, Liefie Bosch’s car since the 1950s. He used it in vintage rallies throughout South Africa and even to Mozambique,” said Derek.

In its day, it was quite often called the Pedal Ford, Tin Lizzie, Leaping Lena or in Afrikaans the ‘Trap Fordjie’. The reason was that the Model T had no clutch, and the gears were foot operated.

There are 3 pedals on the floor, one for the forward gears, one for the reverse gear, and one being the brake pedal.

“The accelerator is on the steering, like an indicator lever. And it has no starter motor. It has to be cranked in a manner that avoids a broken arm,” said Derek.

The Ford Model T was named the most influential car of the 20th century ahead of the BMC Mini, Citroën DS, and VW Type 1

A bonus to the Cars & Coffee show is that coffee and biscuits are on the house for all visiting the event (08:00-12:00).

The public are invited to bring their old, new, classic, customized or exotic vehicles to park and show.

  • Enquiries: Derek at 082 825 0811 or Jerome 082 653 6579.

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