Ford Model K is First Produced
Ford Model K was an upscale automobile produced by the Ford Motor Company.
It was introduced in 1906 and replaced the earlier Model B. The model K was aimed at the top end of the market and featured an inline-6 (the only Ford six until 1941) giving 40 hp (30 kW). The wheelbase was 114 in (2896 mm) and could be ordered either as touring or roadster.
The Model K was a failure, something that can be attributed to both the high price (between $2500 and $3000) and poor quality. Ford was also known to make inexpensive cars and people who wanted a more luxurious car bought other brands. Production ended in 1908 after 900 cars made. The failure of the upscale line, including the Model B and K, caused two critical changes at the Ford company: it would focus for the next two decades on entry-level volume models like the Model T, and led to the departure of Alexander Malcomson, one of the founding partners, leaving Henry Ford as the majority shareholder.
For the 1906 model year two new models are introduced the Model N and the Model K, The Model N is the new low cost Ford while the Model K is the plush top of the line Ford. The Model F is dropped and the two cyclinder engine is phased out. Henry Ford considers the Model N to be his crowning acheivement. Ford production soars to almost 9000 vehicles, Fords market share is at 26 percent an 18 percent boost since 1904. A racing version of the Model K sets a 24 hour speed record of more than 47 mph. The model K was not Henry Fords Favorite car with excessive weight it led to a number of mechanical problems encluding transmission failures. The ensuing debat over the Furture of the Model K led to cofounder Alexander Malcomson's departure From the Company.
This 1906 Ford Model K made its debut as a true luxury car. Henry Ford never cared for the car as building it was the desire of his business partner, Alexander Malcomson, who wanted to build expensive, luxurious cars for wealthy customers. Ford eventually bought out his partner and turned his attention to smaller, less-expensive cars. The Model K, selling for $2500, was built at the same time as the much Smaller Model N, which sold for $500.
The K roadster was guaranteed to reach 60mph, which would have taken courage given the roads and tires of the time. Its great weight, cost, and persistent problems with the transmission, combined with Henry Ford’s dislike for the car led to ending its production in early 1908. The Model K was the first six-cylinder Ford, and the last until just before WWII. Only 11 of the 867 Model K touring cars remain today. This car is one of only two known to have its original body, a style called “Victorian” or “Tulip”. A lighter and faster model, called the “Gentleman’s Roadster”, was also available.