1908 Ford Model S Roadster

Summary

The Ford Model S was a composite of the Models N and R. The Model R had used the engine and chassis of the hot-selling Model N, but added running boards, a wider body, and larger wheels. When Ford ran out of Model R bodies and wheels the company put the new running boards on the Model N and called it the Model S.

The Ford Model S was a composite of the Models N and R. The Model R had used the engine and chassis of the hot-selling Model N, but added running boards, a wider body, and larger wheels. When Ford ran out of Model R bodies and wheels the company put the new running boards on the Model N and called it the Model S.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1908

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

29.1009.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Albert Boyer.

Material

Metal
Wood (Plant material)
Leather
Brass (Alloy)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Red
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 61.25 in

Width: 67 in

Length: 119 in

Diameter: 25 in

Wheelbase: 84 in

Inscriptions

Hubs: FORD Lamps on side of dash: E. & J. / PAT. DEC. 9, 1908 / DETROIT, MICH.

Specifications

Make & Model: 1908 Ford Model S roadster

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan

Engine: inline-4, L-head valves, 149 cubic inches

Transmission: 2-speed manual

Height: 61.5 inches

Width: 67 inches

Wheelbase: 84 inches

Weight: 1100 pounds

Horsepower: 15

Pounds per horsepower: 73.3

Price: $750

Average 1908 wage: $519

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 1 year, 5 months

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