<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758

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Lot 416
1907 Ford Model R Runabout

Sold for US$ 31,360 inc. premium
1907 Ford Model R Runabout
Engine no. 1758

149ci L-Head Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Singe Updraft Carburetor
18bhp
2-Speed Planetary Transmission
Front Transverse Leaf Sprung and Rear Elliptically Sprung Solid Axles
2-Wheel Mechanical Brakes

*Former part of the William Towe Collection
*Plenty of fine patina and character
*Complete with top
*A wonderful example of one of Ford's early creations


THE FORD MODEL R

Although ambitious with its estimation of selling 10,000 Model N cars each year, the N was a huge sales success with over 7,000 delivered in a production run bridging 1906-1908. After the first flurry of sales, it was clear that the 'knocked down' basic Model N had a concept that was possibly too spartan and the consumers desired something a little more than that. The solution was the Model R. At $750, it cost 50% more than its little brother, and while mechanically much was shared, its presence was enhanced by larger 30 inch wheels, a more imposing body with more commodious seats, and a rounded 'beetle back' tail, ideal for strapping a spare tire or two to. It also had scalloped front wings leading to running boards and in standard form alone oil lamps to side and rear, and a brass horn were provided. Color choices were limited to dark Brewster Green or Carmine red, which could be matched to Brewster Green running gear or offset with cream.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This sporting Model R Ford was once part of the substantial William Towe collection of antique automobiles. Forced to sell his entire holdings after falling into bankruptcy, roughly 230 cars were auctioned off in 1997.

Viewed today, the car has the appearance of a sympathetic restoration or a basically sound example of this model. It would seem to retain some period upholstery, its seat squabs showing considerable age. The bodywork wears classic black paint, fitting of a Ford of this period, and 'balloon' white wall tires. The brass appears with good luster and more remarkably, a full leather top accompanies the vehicle. The fine patina gives this Ford delightful character and will be a fine addition to any collection of early motorcars.
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<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
<b>1907 Ford Model R Runabout</b><br />Engine no. 1758
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