1907 Ford Model K Roadster

  • Brand: Ford
  • Car Code: 330161

1907 Ford Model K Roadster

Spurred into being by Henry Ford’s investors, the Model K Ford has long been an enigma to historians and enthusiasts. Indeed, it has become almost an article of faith that Henry Ford himself disliked the car, as it was not the low-cost “car of the people” he wanted to build. It was, however, an apt Packard competitor, and an important milestone in the development of the six-cylinder market segment, which was all but unexplored before 1905.

Napier in Britain was the first to market a commercially viable six, in 1904, and soon had a racing version ready. The opening of an American assembly plant at Boston that same year brought Napier’s sixes to the new world. By 1906, no fewer than eight U.S. manufacturers were offering the powerplants, most prominent among them Franklin, National, Stevens-Duryea and, of course, Ford.

Introduced at the New York Auto Show in January 1906 as a four-passenger tourer, the Model K boasted a 405-cu. in. L-head engine with individually cast cylinders. Transmission was a two-speed planetary unit of the type used by Ford for decades. With a 112-in. wheelbase and weighing 2,400 lbs., it was the largest Ford yet; at $2,400, it was also the most expensive. In May 1907, a sporting roadster was added to the line.

Ford records show Model K production as nearly 1,000 cars. Just 10 Model K roadsters remain.

Descriptions & pictures by classicdriver & ruotevecchie

Production Start 1907
Country of origin USA