OT - Stevens Model U "Little Six" and Ford Model K

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: OT - Stevens Model U "Little Six" and Ford Model K
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 12:27 am:

I wish I had paid more attention last summer at New London to New Brighton. Con Fletcher had his beautiful 1907 six cylinder Stevens Duryea there. We also had our Model K and so both cars were sometimes seen together during the tour.

What I noticed about the Stevens, compared with our Model K, was the "finish" and workmanship on the Stevens was fantastic. The Model K does not have the brass, nor coach work of the Stevens. Other things I noticed, the Model K appeared larger, more powerful (just appearance) and more "imposing". The K sits higher, and with it's longer hood and wheelbase has a larger appearance.

My point for this post is that, while the Ford cost significantly less "in the day", it would certainly have matched up well with the big beautifully appointed six cylinder Stevens. I hope to have the opportunity to tour with cars of the Stevens stature in the future, and make more detailed comparisons.

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Paul Mikeska, Denver CO on Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 12:39 am:

Rob,

It is a small world in the antique car community. I bought my 14 T Touring from Con Fletcher. I have enjoyed viewing his collection several times.

Paul


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 02:44 pm:

I have toured alongside Sam Gurnee's Stevens Duryea a few times. It is an impressive car! Con Fletcher's car looks nice, but I never care for wire wheels on large early cars. I don't really know why. Wire wheels look good on an '02 CDO and other very early small cars. And I think they look fine on the large Packards, Pierces, and Stearns of the mid '10s through the '20s. I know that they were available for large cars throughout the brass era. However they show up so rarely in original photographs, that they just don't look right to me. But, that is just me.
I sure love the look of that K. Just don't put wire wheels on it.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


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