Ford Model F Touring
The very first Ford – called the Quadricycle - was built by Henry Ford in a shed behind his home. A series of prototypes and corporate misadventures followed, including the departure of Henry from the first Henry Ford Company when investors disgruntled at the lack of production brought in Henry Leland to sort things out. Ford left with $900 and the rights to his name, and Leland supervised the introduction of a production car called the Cadillac.
By 1904, Ford was ready to enter production – which he did – with the first Ford, called the Model A. Later that year the A evolved into the Model C, which was mechanically similar, although the engine had been moved under the hood from its original position under the seat. Both models were marketed simultaneously – along with a new four-cylinder Model B. For 1905, both the Model C and B were carried over and were joined in February of that year by the Model F, which was powered by a 16-horsepower two-cylinder engine. Offered in either four-passenger Touring Car or two-passenger Coupe form, the Model F was effectively Ford’s mid-price car, situated between the C and B. Riding an 84-inch wheelbase, the bodies were finished in green with cream-colored wheels and running gear.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
16 bhp, 127 cu. in. horizontally-opposed two-cylinder engine, two-speed planetary transmission and chain drive, full elliptic leaf spring and solid axle front suspension and full elliptical leaf spring and live axle rear suspension, and differential band brakes. Wheelbase: 84"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel