1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362

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1907 Ford Model N Runabout
Engine no. 5362

Sold for US$ 42,900 inc. premium
1907 Ford Model N Runabout
Engine no. 5362
Henry Ford developed his first gasoline buggy in the closing years of the 19th century, a primitive quadricycle powered by a twin-cylinder engine. Commercial motorcar production did not however get underway until 1903 when the Ford Motor Co. was founded. The first commercial offering was the twin-cylinder-engined Model A, a well-designed and up-to-the-minute car with the engine positioned under the passenger seating, driving to the rear axle by chain. Unlike the contemporary mass-produced Oldsmobile, the Model A featured wheel steering with buggy-type suspension giving the car a comfortable ride. Production was established in a disused wagon works in Mack Avenue, Detroit. The Model A found a ready market and Henry Ford's dream was underway. It was still to be some time before Ford put into practice his one model mass production techniques.

By 1906 Ford was building his own engines and all manufacturing processes were taking place in-house. The Model N Runabout appeared in 1906, powered by a 15hp four-cylinder engine, mounted in a light but robust chassis and carrying two-passenger coachwork.

As a true enthusiast of the marque, Dr. Cox must have been extremely pleased to have secured such an original example of this rare model, the Model N Runabout. The car retains appealing features such as its Splitdorf coil box, body tag, and an original Ford floormat, while its upholstery is certainly extremely old if not its original. It seems likely that the car has been repainted, but in one of the handful of colors that the factory offered, Dark Green. Even this is now well aged, and throughout the car has a pleasing patina of age. Another particularly appealing aspect of the 'N' is the presence of a full canopy top still with its Sterling, Detroit tag as well as roll down windshield panels.

Still wearing a California License tag, this may well be its original plate as existing information concerning the delivery information for these cars available from Pate's Early Ford Automobile Encyclopedia states that car 5362 was supplied new to the Standard Motor Car Co. of San Francisco, its delivered date being recorded as June 20, 1907. The car's subsequent history is not documented, but the car was certainly in the collection from the early to mid-1950s and was previously displayed here at Wildwood Airport.

In need of re-commissioning and perhaps sympathetic cosmetic detailing, this authentic and charming example of the model could conceivably prove to be of preservation quality and standard, having safely been kept in the Cox Collection for more than five decades.

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1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362
1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362
1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362
1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362
1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362
1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362
1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362
1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362
1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362
1907 Ford Model N Runabout   Engine no. 5362
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