Ford Model C

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See also Ford Model C (1933-1934)

Ford Model C
1905 Ford Model C Doctors Car.jpg
Manufacturer Ford
Production 1904–1905
Designer Henry Ford
Body and chassis
Class Entry-level
Body style 2-seat runabout
rear-entry 4-seat tonneau
Engine 120.5CID 10hp Flat-2[1]
Transmission 2-speed planetary
Wheelbase 78 in (198 cm)[1]
Curb weight 1,250 lb (567 kg)[1]
Predecessor Ford Model A
Successor Ford Model F

The Ford Model C was a version of the first Ford Model A with a more modern look introduced in 1904. It was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. It had a slightly more powerful engine and 15 cm (6 inches) longer wheelbase. It was the entry-level car in the Ford model lineup, slotting below the upscale Model B. Production ended in 1905 with 800 cars made. The Model C was replaced by the derivative Model F in 1905.

Both Models A and C were produced at the same time, but the Model A could also be bought with a Model C engine, an option called Ford Model AC. The Model C engine was a flat-2 giving 8 hp (6 kW) at first and 10 hp (7 kW) by 1905 with a claimed top speed of 38 mph.[1] Ford's entry level Model C two-seater was marketed as a 'Doctor's Car' and sold for only $850 (equivalent to $22000 today), with the option of making it a four-seater for an extra $100. The top cost extra, rubber for $30 and leather for $50.

Although the Model C had a protruding front "box" like a modern car, unlike the flat-front Model A, this was purely ornamental — the engine remained under the seat (the gas tank was what was under the hood[1]).

The Model C was the first vehicle to be built at Ford Motor Company of Canada.


  1. ^ a b c d e Kimes, Beverly (1996). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4.