Ford Model N is First Produced
The Ford Model N was an inexpensive automobile produced by the Ford Motor Company.
It was introduced in 1906 as a successor to the Models A, C and F as the company's inexpensive entry-level line.
The Model N diverged from its predecessors in that it was a front-engine car with a 4-cylinder engine. The 15 hp straight-4 drove the rear wheels via a long shaft. The car had a wheelbase size of 84 in (2134 mm).
A successful model, 7000 cars were made until production ended in 1908. At $500 the car was viewed as highly affordable at the time; by contrast, the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout went for US$650, Western's Gale Model A was US$500, the Brush Runabout US$485, the Black went for as low as $375, and the Success hit the amazingly low US$250.
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.
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.