2023 |Estate of Mark Smith Auction
1915 Ford Model T CoupeletRegister to Bid
$15,000 - $25,000| Without Reserve
Extremely Rare Two-Year-Only Body Style Available from 1915–1916
Charming Example of Ford’s Historic Brass Era Model T
Formerly Part of the Pacific Auto Rental and Imperial Palace Collections
177 CID L-Head Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
20 BHP at 1,600 RPM
2-Speed Planetary Manual Transmission with Reverse
2-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
Front Solid Axle with Transverse Leaf Spring
Rear Live Axle with Transverse Leaf Spring
Please note that the number stamped on this vehicle's engine indicates a production period of circa 1922. The engine was not replaced with a 1915 unit as stated in the published description.
From its October 1908 introduction, Henry Ford’s Model T completely revolutionized automobile design, production, and its maker. An uncanny combination of durability, reliability, and affordability, the Model T remained in production for nearly 19 full years with some 15 million examples of the beloved “Tin Lizzie” built. Visually similar to the basic Model T Runabout, the Coupelet joined the lineup for 1915 and 1916. Equipped with a more substantial folding top, the Coupelet also included door windows, a sedan-style windshield, and a larger rear “turtle deck.”
According to correspondence on file, circa the late 1980s, Mark Smith acquired this 1915 Ford Model T Coupelet from Ralph Englestad, the late owner of the famed Imperial Palace Collection. The Coupelet was previously part of the legendary movie-car supplier Pacific Auto Rental of Los Angeles, and used in countless film productions. Mr. Smith fitted a correct, hand-crank engine, replacing the 1921-era unit that had been installed. Since its mild refurbishment, this exceedingly rare and fascinating 1915 Ford Model T Coupelet was used little and mostly stored in static condition. Its fascinating history certainly leaves room for exploration, and it should fit well in any collection of early automobiles.
*Please note that this Lot, like all vehicles in this Auction, has been in long-term static storage and may not be currently operational. It will require mechanical attention prior to any road use.
Gooding & Company presents and conducts the Estate of Mark Smith Auction under the authority of John J. Rendemonti, Executor of the Estate of Mark J. Smith, duly appointed by the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire, Probate Division, Case Number 312-2022-ET-00072. The Estate has compiled available title and/or registration paperwork for the Vehicles offered in the Auction and will provide such paperwork to the Buyer if it is available. However, as set forth more fully in the Conditions of Sale, neither the Estate nor Gooding makes any representation or warranty with respect to any existing certificate of title or registration with regard to any Lot in the Auction. Any Lot may be sold on a Bill of Sale. By participating in this Auction, all bidders and buyers recognize that Estate and Gooding have expressly disclaimed all such warranties concerning the availability or sufficiency of any title or registration documentation.