1924 Ford Model T Wrapped in Hand-Woven Wicker Is Unlike Anything You've Seen Before

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Built for a whopping 19 years between 1908 and 1927, the Ford Model T is generally regarded as the first mass-produced and affordable automobile. The car that put America on wheels, the Model T sold more than 15 million units and remained the world's best-selling vehicle until 1972.
It's been nearly 100 years since the last "Tin Lizzie" left the assembly line, and the Model T can still be seen on the road. Sure, most of them are gone or retired in backyards, but thousands of examples are still running and driving, thanks to diehard enthusiasts. The 1924 drop-top you see here is one of them, and it's quite the unique rig because it's covered in hand-woven wicker.

And I mean nearly every body panel, from the hood and radiator grille to the doors and the rear section. Whoever made this also covered the rims and spare tires in the weaving material we usually see in the furniture industry. That's a strange thing to do to a classic car, but it's worth noting that all that wicker was added to the Model T very early in its life.

According to the current owner, this Model T has worn wicker since it was nearly new, so it's an integral part of its heritage. Moreover, it seems this car was dressed in wicker because the original owner had something to do with the Lloyd Manufacturing Company.

The latter was founded in 1906 by Marshall B. Lloyd, the man who invented Lloyd Loom, the process used to create wicker furniture and baby carriages. Just like the Model T here, the company is still alive and kicking more than 100 years later as Lloyd Flanders.

The current owner was unable to find out the name of the original customer and more about his role within the Lloyd Manufacturing Company, but some of the patterns can be seen in products sold today by Lloyd Flanders. He speculates that the Model T may have been dressed in wicker for promotional use. It's quite fantastic that it survived in such great condition to this day.

But that's not the only cool thing about this old Ford. The vehicle has been in the same family since 1934 (that's exactly 90 years as of 2024), and it's still highly original. Apart from the modified rear section with a pickup-style mini bed, this Model T still flaunts its original sheet metal. While rebuilt and upgraded, the four-cylinder engine still relies on the factory-made block.

It's a survivor and a unique creation at the same time. The fact that this Model T still runs, drives, and attends cars and coffee events is the cherry on top. Check it out in the video below.

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Ask Ciprian about cars and he'll reveal an obsession with classics and an annoyance with modern design cues. Read his articles and you'll understand why his ideal SUV is the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.
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