Ford Model A (1903–04)

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Ford Model A
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Manufacturer Ford
Also cried Fordmobile
Ford Model AC
Production 1903–1904
Designer Henry Ford
Body and chassis
Body style 2-seat runabout
rear-entry 4-seat tonneau
Powertrain
Ingine Flat-2 1668 cc (101.788 cu in) 8hp.[1]
Transmission 2-speed planetar
Dimensions
Wheelbase 72 in (1.8 m)[2]
Crib wecht 1,240 lb (562 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Quadricycle
Successor Ford Model B
Ford Model C

The oreeginal Ford Model A wis the first car produced bi Ford Motor Company, beginnin production in 1903. Dr. Ernst Pfenning o Chicago, Illinois became the first ainer o a Model A on Julie 23, 1903. 1,750 cars war made frae 1903 throu 1904. The Model A wis replaced bi the Ford Model C during 1904 wi some sales owerlap.

The car came as a twa-seater runaboot or fower-seater tonneau model wth the option tae add a tap. The horizontal-muntit flat-2, situated at the amidships o the car, produced 8 hp (6 kW). A planetary transmission wis fitted wi twa forward speeds an a reverse, a Ford signature later seen on the Ford Model T. The car weighed 1,240 lb (562 kg) an coud reach a tap speed o 28 mph (45 km/h). It haed a 72 in (1.8 m) wheelbase an sauld for a base price o US$750 (equivalent tae $18100 the day).. Options included a rear tonneau wi twa seats an a rear door for $100 (equivalent tae $2413 the day), a rubber ruif for $30 $30 (equivalent tae $724 the day) or a leather ruif for $50 (equivalent tae $1207 the day)..

The company haed spent awmaist its entire $28,000 (equivalent tae $675733 the day) initial investment funds wi nearly $223.65 (equivalent tae $5397 the day) left in its bank accoont when the first Model A wis sauld. The success o this car model generated a profit for the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford's first successfu business.

Awtho Ford advertised the Model A as the "most reliable machine in the world", it suffered frae mony problems common tae vehicles o the era, includin overheating an slipping transmission bands. The Model A wis sauld in reid bi the factory, tho some war later repainted in different colors.

Model AC[eedit | eedit soorce]

Some 1904 Model A cars war equipped wi the lairger, mair powerful ingine o the Model C an war sauld as the Model AC.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • David L. Lewis (2005). 100 Years of Ford. Publications International. pp. 16–17. ISBN 0-7853-7988-6. 
  • "Early Ford". Retrieved Februar 11, 2010. 


  1. Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805–1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  2. http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z7472/Ford-Model-A-Two.aspx