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How to Draw a Model T

Drawing a Model T Ford will involve capturing many old-fashioned details.
Old Fashioned Illumination image by John Sfondilias from Fotolia.com

A Model T Ford is the classic "classic" car. Produced by the Ford Motor Company between 1908 and 1927, the Ford Model T was the first mass-produced car, and quickly entered the popular consciousness. When you think of a car from the 1910s or 1920s, the one that you'll picture is most likely the Model T. Being able to draw a Model T is a good skill for an amateur artist, since it combines a boxy basic shape with fine details.

Things You'll Need:

  • Thin Pen (Optional)
  • Eraser
  • Paper
  • Pencils

Print out a picture of a Model T Ford, or cut one out from a magazine. Although the steps below explain how to draw the car, having a picture to work from will give you a frame of reference and make it easier to draw.

Draw a long rectangle, titled at around a 30 degree angle. Draw lines to make the rectangle appear as a three dimensional cuboid. This will form the basis of your car's chassis, so use a pencil that can easily be erased.

Draw squares where the wheels will go. You will only see three of the four wheels, with the rear farside wheel obscured. Draw two smaller squares on the front of the cuboid for the headlamps, and a flatter cuboid on the rear of the main chassis for the passenger area of the Model T.

Round off the edges using a harder pencil than the one you have drawn the guidelines with. Use smooth, single motions to draw the car, as this will help convey the idea of movement. Draw in the passenger area, which is a canopy with posts supporting it at the corners. Draw a peaked front to the Model T by drawing a triangle above the grill and continuing this line back.

Erase all of your guidelines, leaving you with just the outline of the car. At this stage, you can emphasize the outline of the car with a thin black pen. Do this if you are planning on leaving it as an outline without color.

Color or shade your Model T drawing as desired. Use an eraser to draw out the light glinting off the body work. This will show that light is reflecting, and will give a more three dimensional feel to your Model T.


Despite Henry Ford's famous quotation, "You can have any color as long as it's black," Ford Model Ts produced between 1908 and 1914 came in a range of colors, including grey, green and red. You can choose one of these colors for your Model T drawing and still have it be historically accurate.

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