It looks fabulous. it's a pity we don't see more of these.
before Ford standardized on black cars only.
that never actually happened.
Yes it certainly did! Before spray guns and sprayable lacquers, the only way to paint a car body in colors was by brush, using old-fashioned long-drying enamels, coated with a layer or marine varnish! That meant for a very labor-intensive paint job--coupled with the bodies having to be set aside for perhaps several weeks in order for that early enamel paint and varnish to dry hard.
So, with Ford sales and production passing the 500,000 cars per year mark by the middle of 1913, something had to give. Baking that primitive sort of paint job was out of the question on two counts: First, the baking process would discolor the paint, and second--and most important: Car bodies of that era were constructed in WOOD, with merely a sheet-metal skin. At the worst, baking would cause that wood framing to shrink, making for a very loose body structure (or even causing a fire!); at the least, discoloring the paint itself.
Ford discovered that black enamel, with a bit of "Japan Dryer" (artists who paint in oils know what that is!), could be "Sprayed on" (using little more than a garden hose with nozzle) and then the body shells could be "baked" at a very low temperature by passing them through a "tunnel" of infrared lightbulbs--thus speeding up the production process immeasurably.
So, from about the start of 1914, all the way through 1925, "You could have a new Ford in any color you want, so long as it is black"!
Color choice returned to Ford, and the Model T with the newly restyled 1926 Model T--aided by the then-new ability to spray lacquer paints with the then-new atomizing spray guns that are still used to this day in auto body shops. Fenders, running boards, and their splash aprons remained in black however, through the 1932 Ford production run.