The 1923 Model year began on August 1, 1922. The cars Ford produced for the first month were unchanged from 1922. Open cars still had the vertical windshield, and the touring still came with the two man top. All cars had wooden firewalls. By September 1, the new “1923” touring and roadsters were coming off the line in Highland Park with their more modern looking slanted windshields. The 1923 tourings now had a so – called “One Man Top” that was sportier looking with no center top support, but a handful to erect by ones self. Firewalls continued to be wooden, and the low radiator was used on all cars.
When we think of a Model T Ford the 1923 – 1925 body style comes immediately to mind. This is because more of them were made than any other style. The 1923 – 25 cars have most of the mechanical problems of the Model T worked out to their ultimate best solutions. The driver position is not as cramped as the 1926 – 27 version. Parts are plentiful and cheap. For the T enthusiast this is the best driver you can own.
Ford had a pretty good year in 1922 with over 1.3 million cars built. 1923 was momentous because for the first time Ford exceeded 2 million cars sold! Prices were lowered again with the best selling Touring at $298 with no electrical system, magneto powered headlamps, kerosene cowl and tail lamps, and hand crank starting. Or $393 would get the deluxe Touring with full electrical system, battery powered headlamps and tail lamps, and demountable rims with a spare rim carrier on the back of each car. More than 930,000 Tourings were sold, most having the electric starter.
On October 10, 1922 the new 1923 Fordor sedan was introduced. Bodies were entirely clad in aluminum. The 1923 sedans are easy to spot because they have no cowl vent like later Fordors do.
In February 1923 the new steel firewall was introduced in production. This was a “low” steel firewall. Notes on the part drawing indicate there will be both wooden and steel firewalls used on the line through the next 60 days. By April 1923 all firewalls used in production were of the low steel variety.