1907 Ford Model RSOLD
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Estimate: $60,000-$80,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $77,000

15hp, 149 cu. in. inline cast in pair four-cylinder engine, single Holley carburetor, two-speed planetary transmission, chain drive, elliptic leaf spring suspension and mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 84"

The Ford Model N could be acquired in 1906 for $500, which was a considerable bargain when compared to Ford’s top of the line $2,500 Model K. With a 15 horsepower four-cylinder engine, the Model N was capable of top speeds in excess of 45 miles per hour. The Boattail rear deck, nickel-plated driving lamps, and stout 84-inch wheelbase made the Model N easily recognizable. This proved to be a solid step towards Ford’s goal of producing a reliable, low-priced car for the mass market.

In 1907, the majority of automobiles were big and expensive; consequently, the Model N was rather a novelty. However, the Model N was much more. It offered very similar performance figures to its much larger competitors, but at a fraction of the cost. Ford simply could not build them fast enough to meet the public’s demand. Recognizing this, dealers raised the asking price of a Model N by $100, and still they could not keep up with demand. For every 10 Model Ns a dealer ordered, Henry Ford made it obligatory for them to also take delivery of a (very difficult to sell) Model K.

Following the advice of his dealers, in 1907 Henry Ford created the Model R to be “a car of more pretentious appearance”, when in reality it was little more than a Model N with “more frills and fussings and more brass trimmings.” Some of these fussings and frills found on the Model R include footboards in place of carriage steps and a mechanical lubrication system replacing the force-feed oiler of the Model N. The Model R also carried a $150 higher price tag and tipped the scales roughly 300 pounds heavier than the Model N. An instant hit, all 2500 Model Rs built were sold out by September of 1907, less than eight months after their official introduction.

The outstanding 1907 Ford Model R Bee Tail pictured here in black with red pin striping was acquired by Mr. McMullen in the year 2000. It had been fully restored adhering strictly to correct period specifications by a noted early Ford expert in Traverse City, Michigan. Having never been driven or shown, with no miles registered since the restoration was completed, and properly stored in a climate controlled environment, the Bee Tail remains today in absolutely pristine condition, ready to earn top honors at any concours event nationwide.

Reference Number 8682

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1907 Ford Model R
VIN 2977 
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