I went to the library today, and found several interesting things. Below is a copy of one of them, from the Ford Motor Company fiscal year 1909 report:
This shows the number of Ford autos sold, by model and style, between Oct 1 1908 and Sep 30 1909 (FY 1909).
Of course I was interested in the number of Model Ks, but the breakdown of Ts, along with other previous models was quite interesting.
I now have the breakdown of every year of sales for Models N, R, S and K (1906-1909). The audits also show Ford Motor Company's report of profit (revenue minus expense) for each model. The 1907 report bore out what I expected, that it was a big year for the Model K (as well as Models N and R). What I think might be surprising to some is the profit the Model K provided.
Things I noticed: Model K was the third best revenue producer (Net Profit) while falling in line with the Models N and R for expenses. Also, with 457 Ks sold, Ford is selling an extraordinary number of "high priced" cars on the market (this would place Ford in about the 15th most cars sold spot, based on Model K sales alone).
All good stuff,
Great stuff! I had always doubted the "company line" on the "failure" of the K along with Henry's hatred of it. Getting this information put together helps to show that it was not a failure in any way.
I believe the K was dropped solely because Henry wanted to put all his resources into the car he had been working toward since the beginning. That, of course, being the "every car" for the masses. The model T was at hand, the factory still way too small, resources limited, and one of the largest successes in human history was at stake.
Royce and others may still disagree.
Thank you, Rob, for sharing your quest.
Drive carefully, and ENJOY the OCF! W2
A couple Model Ks in Dearborn:
That is 'way too cool seeing two Model Ks in front of my former office in the Dearborn Inn. You OCF guys be sure and go to the Piquette Avenue plant too! Its only 10 minutes away from Greenfield Village.
Wish us Aussies could be there this weekend. You are going to have a great time. I love the pictures of the K's at the Dearborn Inn.
Best regards, John
It is interesting for sure. It says the total odel K for the year was 457 units at a sales price of $979,837.00. This calculates to a sale price of $2144.06 per unit. I assume this would be the amount actually paid to Ford by the dealer.
Believe the list price was $2800 in 1907.
Right. Meaning the dealer profit less shipping was $2800 - $2144 = $656.