Westrand Car Show - 1903 Ford Model A

Ford Model A (1903 to 1904)

The original Ford Factory was located in Mack Avenue in Detroit. There, Henry Ford’s first cars were assembled. The first Ford Model A is the original model produced by Ford, in April/May 1903.

Dr.Ernest Pfennig, a German born Chicago dentist, became the first owner of a Model A on July 23, 1903, thus setting in motion the sale of 350,000,000 Fords (as at 31 August 2012).

Dr Ernest Pfennig

The Ford Model A was available as a two-seater runabout or a four-seater tonneau model with an option to add a fixed top. The Model A weighed 560kg and was powered by a two cylinder 6Kw engine and a top speed of 45 km/h.

Although Ford advertised the Model A as the “most reliable machine in the world”, it suffered from many problems common to vehicles of the era, including overheating and slipping transmission bands.

The Model A was sold only in red by the factory, though some were later repainted in other colours.

Westrand Car Show - 1904 Ford Model AC
1904 Ford Model AC

In 1904 The Model A was fitted with a larger, 10-horsepower engine sold as the Ford Model AC. You can see the difference between the Model A and The Model AC in the image above. The AC has a prominent Radiator.

The Model A was the forerunner of the famous Ford Model T

1,750 cars were made from 1903 to 1904 during Ford’s occupancy of The Mack Avenue plant.  

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1903 Ford Model A – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 3.0] – Featured Image
1903 Ford Model A – naeem mayet [CC BY 2.0]
1904 Ford Model A – Sicnag [CC BY 2.0]
1904 Ford Model AC and Model A – Greg Gjerdingen from Willmar, USA [CC BY 2.0]