I've looking for specific production/sales numbers of US cars for 1907. Specifically, I'd like to know how many large autos were made/sold by model.
My choices would be RR Silver Ghost, Packard Model 30, Franklin 6 cylinder, the large model Buick, etc.
Does anyone know of a good source(s)?
Rob, I think the Standard Catalogue of American cars 1805-1942 will give you the production figures (not necessarily sales) on all of those except the Rolls, which isn't American.
I searched it. Do you have a copy?
From The Horseless Age Jan 1909
Packard 30 model year sales (introduced August 1906): 1128
No sales or production figures given for Franklin.
Steve, I sae those numbers, but I believe they (Packard 30) are for all three or four years they produced the 30.
Where I'm going is trying to "rewrite" Ford history regarding the Model K. Over about 2 years, the Model K sold a respectable 950 plus cars. It appears that other 6 cylinder cars (and large 4 cylinder autos) this was a very respectable number.
Also, I've found interesting articles about the Model K that talk about it's reliablilty. In addition, I've found articles where Henry Ford speaks glowingly about the K, or third party reviews of the K were very good.
Also, I've found prices and specs about other 6 cylinder where the K is the least expensive, lightest 6 available at the time.
Anyway, I'm trying to find producton numbers. I'm writing an article for the Early Ford Registry newsletter about the the K, and how it was received by the public and industry.
Again, thank you for any information about the number of cars produced,
Canada bashed out a few, 1906x 12K's, 1907? 1908x 6k's.
Rob, the Catalogue shows the Packard 30 beginning with the 1907 model year and running through 1912. It gives model year production as follows. 1907: 1128; 1908: 1303; 1909: 1501; 1910: 2493; 1911: 1865; 1912: 1250.
The 1907 Packard 30 had a water jacketed carburetor. What the hell is that?
Hot radiator water to help vaporized the poor grades of gasoline in the early auto years.
When researching the sales of expensive luxury autos in the years 1906-1908 it's also important to look at the 1907 panic - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_of_1907
There was a recession, so the wealthy would be automobile buyers may have had other priorities in 1907.
In the 90's we briefly had a large luxury 1907 Mercedes in town. Only 4 cylinders, but huge ones.. an oil change took like ten gallons of oil(?)
The history about that specific car was: It was imported to USA but never sold due to the panic. When economics got better it was already a bit outdated so it was forgotten factory fresh in a barn until 1946, then discovered by an early antique auto enthusiast, repainted and toured. After a brief stay in Sweden late 80's - early 90's, it has likely followed the fluctuations of modern economics - so maybe it's in China now?