Ford Model B 4 seat side entry tonneau

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Model B 4 seat side entry tonneau





Conceptually, the transmission and drive was carried over from the A/C type cars, but other respects it was altogether bigger in terms of its physicality and was built on a sturdy chassis frame. It is interesting to note that Ford were quick to promote the benefits of power to weight ratios, with proclamations that the new Model B, had more power relative to its weight than 'Any automobile of similar type' and that this allowed the Ford 'less wear on the tires and ample reserve power for steep grades and sandy roads'.

The Ford Model B is an upscale touring car (with polished wood and brass trim) that was introduced in 1904 by Ford. It was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. It was Ford's first car to use the front-engine layout, with a large 24 hp 4-cylinder engine positioned at the front behind a conventional radiator. The smaller Model A-derived Model C positioned its flat 2-cylinder motor under the seat.

The Model B would be offered solely in dark green bodywork scheme with 'straw' (as the home market in America termed it) or light cream coloured wheels, frame and coachlining, larger brass torpedo headlamps adorned the front of the car, supplemented by scuttle mounted side lamps and tail lamp.

Priced at $2000 (equivalent to $55000 today), the Model B was a high end car. Produced for three years, sales were predictably slower than the Model C which was priced at 1/3 the cost. The Model B was replaced by the derivative Model K in 1906.

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