1903 Ford Model A Runabout

Summary

After his first two attempts at commercial auto-making failed, Henry Ford found success with the Ford Motor Company, established in 1903. The firm's first product, the Model A, was conventional by the standards of the day. It featured a two-cylinder engine mounted under the seat and rear wheels driven by a chain.

After his first two attempts at commercial auto-making failed, Henry Ford found success with the Ford Motor Company, established in 1903. The firm's first product, the Model A, was conventional by the standards of the day. It featured a two-cylinder engine mounted under the seat and rear wheels driven by a chain.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1903

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

00.136.137

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

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

Color

Red
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 57 in

Width: 65 in

Length: 103 in

Inscriptions

Mounting pedals: FORD Flywheel number: 475

Specifications

Make & Model: 1903 Ford Model A runabout

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan

Engine: horizontally opposed 2, L-head valves, 100 cubic inches

Transmission: 2-speed manual

Height: 57 inches

Width: 65 inches

Wheelbase: 72 inches

Overall length: 103 inches

Weight: 1250 pounds

Horsepower: 8

Pounds per horsepower: 156.3

Price: $850

Average 1903 wage: $489

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 1 year, 9 months

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