Ford Model S

Ford Model N
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Ford Model R
Ford Model S
Production 1906–1908
13,250 produced
Designer Henry Ford
Body and chassis
Class Entry-level car
Body style 2-row phaeton
Powertrain
Engine 149CID 15hp[1][2] Straight-4
Transmission 2-speed planetary[3][4]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 84 in (2134 mm)
Curb weight 800lbs.(1906);[5] 1,050lbs.(1907-Model N)[6] 1,400lbs.(1907-Model R and S)[7]
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Model F
Successor Ford Model T

The Ford Model N is an automobile produced by the Ford Motor Company. It was introduced in 1906 as a successor to the Models A and C as the company's inexpensive entry-level line.

The Model N diverged from its predecessors in that it was a front-engine car with a 4-cylinder engine. The 15 hp straight-4 drove the rear wheels via a long shaft. The car had a wheelbase size of 84 in (2.1 m).

A successful model, 7000 cars were made until production ended in 1908. At US$500 the car was viewed as highly affordable at the time; by contrast, the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout went for $650,[8] Western's Gale Model A was $500,[9] the Brush Runabout $485,[10] the Black went for as low as $375,[11] and the Success hit the amazingly low $250.[12] Maroon was the only factory color for the Model N.[13]

Model R

The Model R was a higher trim level of the Model N with a larger body, wheels covered by full cycle fenders, running boards,[14] and an oil lamp. Model R was $750, $150 above the $600 base Model N. The Model R was only produced in 1907, from April through October, and 2500 were sold.[15] Its color was red.

Model S

The Model S was another adaptation of the Model N. Ford's last US market right-hand-drive model,[16] it featured a more modern cowl, with hood and fenders that flowed into full running boards. Another notable difference was the optional extra third mother-in-law seat behind the front bench. The basic model sold for $700. Extras such as a convertible top, gas lamps, as well as umbrella holders were available. 3750 cars were sold between 1907 and 1909.

Notes

References

  • Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925. New York: Bonanza Books, 1950.

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