One of the interesting things about researching early Fords is learning about the cars our Fords competed with, in the market place and on the track.
In late 1908 a Model K Roadster won a ten mile race against a Buick Model S at the Virginia State Fair.
The winning time of just over 14 minutes translates to 42.5 mph. According to Buick Model S specs on a Bonhams auction page, 373 were produced in 1908:
1908 Buick Model S sold by Bonhams:
Nice car! I like it. Almost as much as a model K 6-40 roadster.
Thank you Rob.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Cool Buick! I like it much better with the dual seat in back instead of the lone mother in law seat. Any idea what the Buick sold for?
The interesting thing about the Model S Buick is that it was one of the few that was not OHV. It is a T-head. It also uses a progressive shift three speed rather than H-pattern as on most other 3-speed Buicks of that time. I believe the S pictured above is the lone survivor, but there are several T-head Buick Touring cars.