Ford Model N

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Ford Model N
Ford N.jpg
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Model R
Model S
Production 1906–1908
Designer Henry Ford
Body and chassis
Class Entry-level
Body style 2-row phaeton
Engine 149 cu in (2,440 cc) 15 hp (11 kW; 15 PS) Model N[1][2][3] straight-4
Transmission 2-speed planetary[2][3]
Wheelbase 84 in (213 cm)
Curb weight 800 lb (363 kg) (1906); 1,050 lb (476 kg) (1907 Model N); 1,400 lb (635 kg) (1907 Models R and S)[2]
Predecessor Ford Model F
Successor Ford Model T

The Ford Model N is an automobile that was produced by 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. It was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

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. This was also the first American car to use vanadium steel.[4] The car had a wheelbase of 84 in (2,100 mm).

A successful model, 7000 cars were made before 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,[5] Western's Gale Model A was $500,[6] the Brush Runabout $485,[7] the Black $375,[8] and the Success for $250.[5] Maroon was the only factory color for the Model N.[3]

Model R[edit]

The Model R was a higher trim level of the Model N with a larger body, wheels covered by full cycle fenders, running boards,[2] 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.[2] Its color was red, with leather seats, brass fixtures and a fuel tank holding 8 US gal (6.7 imp gal; 30 l).[9]

Model S[edit]

The Model S was another adaptation of the Model N. Ford's last U.S.-market right-hand-drive model,[10] 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.


  1. ^ Boggess, Trent. "1907 Model N Ford Engine". Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kimes, Beverly (1996). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  3. ^ a b c "1906 Ford Advance Brochure". The Old Car Manual Project. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  4. ^ Lacey, Robert (1986). Ford: The Men and the Machine. ISBN 0-316-51166-8. 
  5. ^ a b Clymer 1950, p. 32.
  6. ^ Clymer, p. 51.
  7. ^ Clymer 1950, p. 104.
  8. ^ Clymer 1950, p. 61.
  9. ^ [1]; [2]
  10. ^ Clymer 1950, p. 120.


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