1906 Ford Model N 2-Passenger Runabout
Model: Model N
Style: 2-Passenger Runabout
Serial No: 6277
Engine Size: 149 cdi
Engine Cylinders: I-4
Engine BHP: 19 BHP
- The Model N was predecessor of the more well-known Model T
- 2-passenger vehicle, but considered not as luxurious as Ford Model K; Created prior to assembly-line production
- Factory specs: 800 lbs., 40 mph, 20 mpg
- 13,250 produced; engine by Dodge Bros.
- Price new: $500
In 1906 the Ford Model N was introduced to replace the Model A, C, and F series. 7000 of these were built between 1906 and 1908. The Model N was a small and nimble car, easy to drive and affordable. The N listed for around $500, about half that of the Model F. Most Model N's were two-seater "runabouts". These cars had rudimentary fenders without splash aprons or running boards.
The Model N showed some signs of things to come and would lead to the Model T. It was fitted with a four cylinder in-line engine that cranked out 15 hp, a unit much more modern than the old flat twin cylinder. The engine was placed in front and the rear wheels were driven by a shaft. Below the crank is the water pump in the radiator. Wheelbase of this car was 84", the same as the old Model F.
The Model N was a bare-boned transport, without many luxuries. Gas headlights and the convertible top were extras. The car was rugged and practical. The Model N established Ford as a manufacturer of dependable, inexpensive automobiles.