Ford Model K
1906 marked the introduction of two vehicles from the fledgling Ford Motor Company. At one end of the spectrum was the low-price and ruggedly simple four-cylinder Model N. Entirely opposite was the large and luxurious six-cylinder Model K. The Model N listed for just $500, while the Model K, on the other hand, for $2,500 (raised to $2,800 for 1907). The Model K was the biggest Ford yet with a 2,500 lb curb weight and a 114" wheelbase (increased to 120" for 1907-1908 models), as well as being the first Ford to feature six-cylinder power.
Much of the car’s weight came from the big liquid-cooled 405-cu. in. inline six that featured an L-head design with a 4½" x 4¼" bore and stroke. Cylinders were individually cast in iron, and in an attempt to save weight, Chief Ford Engineer Childe Harold Wills (who later went on to produce the Wills-Sainte Claire automobile) specified an enormous 50-inch long cast aluminum crankcase. Producing 40 hp at 1,600 rpm and putting power to the ground via shaft drive, the big Model K was good for 60 miles per hour – very impressive for 1906.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
40 hp, 405 cu. in. L-head inline six-cylinder engine with Holley updraft carburetor, two-speed planetary transmission; internal expanding rear wheel mechanical brakes, lever operated. Wheelbase: 120".
Source: RM Auctions
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