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Ford Model N
1907 Ford Model R front 34
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Ford Model R
Ford Model S
Production 1906–1908
13,250 produced
Predecessor Ford Model F
Successor Ford Model T
Class Entry-level car
Body style(s) 2-row phaeton
Engine(s) Straight-4
Wheelbase 84 in (2134 mm)
Designer Henry Ford

The Ford Model N was an inexpensive automobile produced by the Ford Motor Company. It was introduced in 1906 as a successor to the Models A, C and F 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 (2134 mm).

A successful model, 7000 cars were made until production ended in 1908. At $500 the car was viewed as highly affordable at the time; by contrast, the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout went for US$650,[1] Western's Gale Model A was US$500,[2] the Brush Runabout US$485,[3] the Black went for as low as $375,[4] and the Success hit the amazingly low US$250.[5]

Model REdit

The Model R was a higher trim level of the Model N with a larger body and wheels covered by full cycle fenders. An oil lamp was also added, and $150 separated the Model R from the $600 base Model N. The Model R was only produced in 1907, from April through October, and 2500 were sold.

Model SEdit

The Model S was another adaptation of Model N. Ford's last right-hand-steering model,[6] 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.

PreservationEdit

List details of known examples here please.

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NotesEdit

  1. Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.32.
  2. Clymer, p.51.
  3. Clymer, p.104.
  4. Clymer, p.61.
  5. Clymer, p.32.
  6. Clymer, p.120.

ReferencesEdit

  • Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925. New York: Bonanza Books, 1950.
  • David L. Lewis (2005). 100 Years of Ford. Publications International. ISBN 0-7853-7988-6. 
  • "Early Ford". Retrieved on August 20 2006.


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