1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705

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Lot 563¤
1906 Ford Model N Runabout
Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705

Sold for US$ 35,200 inc. premium
1906 Ford Model N Runabout
Chassis no. 3705
Engine no. 3705
149ci Four-Cylinder Engine
Ford Float-Free Carburetor
15hp (rated)
2-Speed Planetary Transmission with Reverse
4-Wheel Full Elliptical Leaf Springs with Solid Front and Rear Axles
Transmission Band Brake and Internal Expanding Rear Brakes

*Rare example of the predecessor to the Model T
*In the possession of the current owner for over 30 years
*AACA National First Prize winner


The Model N

Following his success with the flat-twin powered Model A, C, and F, Henry Ford decided to make a big leap forward and introduce a model that was more advanced and in line with the style of motorcars being produced. Powered by a four-cylinder motor mounted up front, it featured a familiar twin speed planetary transmission, handsome two-seat bodywork, sturdy Vanadium steel construction, and an attractive price of $500—$150 less than Oldsmobile's long-in-the-tooth Runabout and a quarter the price of Ford's own preceding Model F. It would also represent Ford's entrée into mass production.

The recipe produced a very successful little machine. While Ford had sold a total of about 3500 Model A, C and F motorcars from 1903-1906, 13,250 Model Ns would roll off the line from 1906-1908 before the introduction the vehicle that evolved out of the success of the N—the Model T.

The Motorcar Offered

The early history of this Model N is currently unknown, but the trail picks up with a Gene James of Chicagoland who had restored the car in 1969-70. Following the restoration, the car was shown and awarded an AACA National First Prize in 1971. The current owner spotted the car at a show in Illinois in the mid-1970s. Enticed by the little Ford, he sat by the car until Mr. James turned up at which point he was able to purchase the runabout. More content beholding it than driving it, the Ford became a fixture in the seller's living room for decades before being recently removed for mechanical refurbishment. Reported to be a good runner, Model N's qualify for many fun events from groups like the Horseless Carriage Club of America. Retaining its top and looking sporty in maroon with black accents—the only color scheme offered—this little Ford is a welcome addition to any collection and certainly more unique than the millions of Model T's that followed it.

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1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
1906 Ford Model N Runabout  Chassis no. 3705 Engine no. 3705
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