Ford Model B (1904)

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Ford Model B
Henry Ford Museum August 2012 91 (1905 Ford Model B).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Production 1904–1906
Designer Henry Ford
Body and chassis
Class Upscale
Body style 2-row 4-passenger touring car[1]
Related Cadillac 8 1/2
Powertrain
Engine 283.5CID 24hp Straight-4[2]
Transmission 2-speed planetary[3]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 92 in (2337 mm)
Curb weight 1700lbs.[4]
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Model A
Successor Ford Model K

The Ford Model B is an upscale touring car (with polished wood and brass trim) that was introduced in 1904 by Ford. It was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. It was Ford's first car to use the front-engine layout, with a large 24 hp 4-cylinder engine positioned at the front behind a conventional radiator. The smaller Model A-derived Model C positioned its flat 2-cylinder motor under the seat.

Priced at $2000[5] (equivalent to $53000 today), the Model B was a high end car. Produced for three years, sales were predictably slower than the Model C which was priced at 1/3 the cost. The Model B was replaced by the derivative Model K in 1906.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  2. ^ Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  3. ^ Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  4. ^ Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  5. ^ Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  • David L. Lewis (2005). 100 Years of Ford. Publications International. pp. 18–19. ISBN 0-7853-7988-6. 
  • "Early Ford". Retrieved August 20, 2006.