Ford Model C

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See also Ford Model C (1933-1934)

Ford Model C
1905 Ford Model C Doctors Car.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Production 1904–1905
Designer Henry Ford
Body and chassis
Class Entry-level
Body style 2-seat runabout
rear-entry 4-seat tonneau
Powertrain
Engine 120.5CID 10hp Flat-2[1]
Transmission 2-speed planetary
Dimensions
Wheelbase 78 in (198 cm)[1]
Curb weight 1,250 lb (567 kg)[1]
Chronology
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 6 in (150 mm) 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 the AC. The Model C engine was an opposed twin giving 8 hp (6 kW) at first and 10 hp (7 kW) by 1905, with a claimed top speed of 38 mph (61 km/h).[1] The Model C two-seater was marketed as a 'Doctor's Car' and sold for $850, compared to the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout at US$650,[2] Western's Gale Model A at US$500,[3] and the Success at an amazingly low US$250.[4] It offered the option of making it a four-seater for an extra $100. The top also cost extra: rubber $30, leather $50.[citation needed]

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 under the hood[1]).

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Kimes, Beverly (1996). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  2. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.32.
  3. ^ Clymer, p.51.
  4. ^ Clymer, p.32.