Ford’s Model A

Ford Motor Company’s First LogoOne hundred and ten years ago this week, a revolution in transportation began when, only a few weeks after the fledgling Ford Motor Company was incorporated, Ford sold his first automobile to Dr. Ernst Pfennig, a Chicago dentist.

Ford’s first Model A was the first vehicle mass-produced by Ford Motor Company. The two-cylinder, eight-horsepower Model A reached maximum speeds of about 30 miles per hour.  The Model A cost $850 (that’s over $21,000 in today’s dollars!)

Ford Model A - 1903
Ford Model A – 1903

Unlike later versions of his famous assembly-line vehicles, which came in “any color you want, as long as it’s black,” the first Model A was a bright shiny red.

The car weighed 1,240 pounds and could reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour. Options included a rear tonneau with two seats and a rear door for $100, a rubber roof for $30, or a leather roof for $50.

The Ford Motor Company had spent virtually all of its original investment funds when Dr. Pfenning picked up his car. The company had only $223.65 left in the bank at the time.  In his first year of production Ford sold 1,750 versions of the Model A.

The rest, as they say, is history.


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