Ford Model AC Runabout

After two false starts in the motor industry, Henry Ford formed the Ford Motor Company on June 16, 1903 and introduced his Model A automobile the following month. A two-passenger runabout with under-seat two-cylinder engine, it was capable of 30 mph and weighed just 1,250 pounds. More than 1,700 were built by the end of the year.

The Model A continued into 1904 and was joined by a four-cylinder Model B. Late that year, however, a new Model C was launched with a larger engine and a fuel tank under a front-mounted hood. The wheelbase was extended eight inches to 78. For customers preferring the look of the older car, a Model AC was produced with under-body fuel tank and “tumble-home” fascia but with the new engine and longer wheelbase.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

10 hp, 120.5 cu. in. horizontally-opposed L-head twin-cylinder engine, two-speed planetary transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with full-elliptic leaf springs, and two-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 78".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Stephen Goodal

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