1906 Ford Model N
In 1906 the Ford Model N was introduced to replace the Model A, C, and F series. Seven thousand of these were built between 1906 and 1908. The Model N was a small and nimble car, easy to drive, and affordable. The N listed for around $600, about half that of the Model F.
Most Model N's were two-seater "runabouts." These cars had rudimentary fenders without splash aprons and had no running boards.
The Model N showed some signs of what was to come in automobile construction and would lead to Ford’s introduction of the Model T on October 1st, 1908.
It was fitted with a four cylinder in-line engine that cranked out 15 hp. It was a unit much more modern than the flat twin cylinder previously used. The engine was placed in front and the rear wheels were driven by a shaft. Below the crank, in front of the radiator, is the water pump. The wheel base of this car is 84-inches, the same as the old Model F.
The Model N was a bare-boned transport, considered rugged and practical, without many luxuries. The gas headlights and convertible top were extras. The Model N established Ford as a manufacturer of dependable, inexpensive automobiles.