1928 Ford Model T - T bucket "Little Red T"


  • Built by Ed Wimble and Dave Melling in the UK
  • Claimed to be the shortest and widest ‘T’ ever built
  • This Little Red ‘T’ took seven years to build
  • The attention to detail is truly breath-taking
  • Bespoke interior with handmade upholstery


This eye-catching custom hot rod is unique in many ways. 

There is a huge, documented list of custom-made parts which were created by engineer Dave Melling in the 1980s with help from renowned hotrod builder Ed Wimble.

The highly detailed 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine looks and sounds amazing. The high-compression block and the cylinder heads are from an SD1 which is fed via a Holley 39 carburettor and Offenhauser manifold driving the rear wheels via an automatic transmission.

This striking custom Model T was extensively refurbished in August 2002 and the current owners have also made many mechanical improvements this year, refurbishing the car back to the original showroom condition.

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  • The Model T comes with a substantial file of paperwork, detailing its history and build, with full photo documentation of the seven-year creation process in the 1980s
  • The creators were meticulous with their documentation and have also retained hand drawn designs for parts. The wiring loom is also documented making upgrades simple
  • Registered and Taxed on a UK plate in Ireland, can be immediately registered in the UK if needed
  • The car’s identity with the DVLA is that of a 1959 Standard Vanguard, but the chassis, body, and mechanicals are all completely customised
  • The most recent MOT test on file was on 19 September 2012 at an indicated 280 miles, which was a clean pass with no advisories
  • The car was sat for a while before a previous owner bought and recommissioned the car
  • The current owner has also been busy and made many improvements to the mechanicals


  • The individually designed, black fabric hood and supports are in great shape, with no rips, tears or fading
  • The bench seat has been re-trimmed in diamond-quilted Connolly black leather and is unmarked. There are 2 working seatbelts
  • The vendor tells us there are no known electrical or mechanical faults and have meticulously gone through everything ensuring the car runs and drives as it was intended
  • Custom made body made from fibreglass with hand crafter plywood dashboard
  • Mahogany steering wheel finished with chrome and matching paintwork


  • Custom chrome exhaust pipes designed and made exclusively for this car
  • Handmade fuel tank 
  • Finished with shimmering black and orange metal flake paintwork, polished to a mirror finish and finished with complementary pinstripes
  • The T rides on a set of wire wheels at the front, with wide slot-mag alloys at the rear that were donated from Ed Wimble’s original build
  • Crafted from fibreglass, the bodywork looks free of any damage
  • All the chrome trim is in very good order
  • The body is shortened by 6”
  • All the badges were hand made from old washing machine parts


  • Recently stripped down, refurbished, and rebuilt automatic gearbox, with clutch drive and friction plates replaced
  • Hand assembled wiring loom and accessories
  • Holley 39 carburettor
  • Jaguar splined propshaft
  • 5-part transverse leaf spring suspension
  • Rover V8 engine
  • Jaguar Mk10 back axle
  • Limited-slip differential from a Jaguar E-Type
  • Crown and pinion from an S-Type
  • Half shafts and hub carried across from a MkX
  • New distributor drive and alternator


The extensive current recommissioning of this Custom hotrod really showcases the amount of time and detail that went into building this labour of love. 

Every part tells a story, and they all combine faultlessly to create something rather special. 

This Model T “Little Red T” probably isn’t destined to be used to pop to the shops on a Sunday morning. 

It’ll be saved for special events, marketing or as the ultimate head turner in summer shows. Maybe there’s also just enough room for it to be displayed in your home as a talking point. 

It’s the ultimate life size fully working Hot Wheels Hotrod!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1928
  • Make Ford
  • Model Model T - T bucket "Little Red T"
  • Colour Black and Orange
  • Odometer 280 Miles
  • Engine size 3500
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Dublin
  • Location International
  • Country Ireland
Bidding history
16 bids
  • xenon_s•••• £9,700 15/11/22
  • Rsotra £9,500 15/11/22
  • eugene-•••• £9,200 15/11/22
  • Largosp•••• £9,000 15/11/22
  • Rsotra £8,600 15/11/22
  • eugene-•••• £8,500 15/11/22
  • Rsotra £8,100 15/11/22
  • beastie•••• £8,000 15/11/22
  • eugene-•••• £7,000 15/11/22
  • Largosp•••• £6,000 11/11/22

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