A few odds and ends. I think one of the reasons the Model K was labeled a "failure" (and NRS a success) is due to the production numbers of each. As Model T guys, we are used to the idea of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions of Fords produced each year during the run of the T.
However, if one takes a step back in time, and looks at the number of other cars and models produced, it puts the number of Model K produced in perspective, in my opinion.
One of the most famous and recognizable makes of the time, the Thomas and Thomas Flyer. In the first ad below, Thomas announces they will produce 500 of the 40hp Thomas for 1907. In terms of price ($2750) and horsepower this was a direct competitor to the Model K. By comparison, Ford produced 467 Model K for fiscal year 1907:
And for 1908, Thomas announces production of 1700 cars, 500 "Flyers" (the sixty hp car Ford beat in the 1907 24 hour race and the car that will win the 1908 N.Y. to Paris Race), and 100-150 of their new six cylinder cars. Ford will sell 119 six cylinder cars for fiscal year 1908:
These are self reported numbers, so if I were guessing, I would expect a company to err on the side of "generous" production estimatesI'll post a few other production numbers later (time to cut up a turkey),
A few other brands and their production numbers.
National, 400 for 1907, including 100 six cylinder cars:
Winton, going to all six cylinder, advertised that they would build 500 cars for 1908:
Pope Toledo, a well known make of the day, reported they would build 500 of their top model, the 50 hp Model XV:
Start up Pennsylvania, 50 cars for 1907 with plans for 500 in 1908:
Stearns, 100 for 1905:
Aerocar, 500 for 1906. Aerocar was a well capitalized company primarily owned by A.Y. Malcomson, former Ford investor:
Corbin - 500 cars for 1907:
Cleveland - 250 cars: