will your mother inlaw ride in the back? perhaps she's heard of the speed demons those ford 6 owners are
Thanks for the progress report. I can't wait to see it all together.
The padded seats will be great for absorbing the "G" force.
I'm a bit surprised by the Plain Jane look. With all the fancy pleats and tufts we see on most seats of that era, it looks like Ford had a different idea for the K.
Heres a K I think with tufted seats, maybe they came with both?
Ed, your right, Ford offered both the traditional tufted and modern straight upholstery on the K Runabout. Ford also advertised that the K could be ordered in any color combination the purchaser desired.
A couple of K runabouts with straight leather seats:
A few other 1907 cars with the "modern" seat:
I think the smooth seats are better because when you go to the burger joint drive thru window all those sesame seeds don't get caught in the diamond tufts and it's easier to wipe up all the pickle juice
A valid consideration Dennis.
Man that American Roadster looks SLICK. The stance and straight fenders make it look like it's going 100 mph parked right there. That's a gorgeous car.
I really like the K roadster but in almost every picture the front fenders are angled up slightly. I think it'd make a big difference and make the car a bit more aggressive if they were brought down to be flat and parallel to the frame. Maybe even a little lower than that, almost the same angle at the sloped hood might be nice. That might be sacrilegious. I don't know.
I think part of the difference between the American and Ford "look" are the angles the photos are taken from. When comparing other photos, the front fenders on the Ford don't appear as upswept and the American looks similar from the front:
Personally I like the 1909 American Underslung roadster more than the 1907 seen above. The 1909 has a longer wheelbase, and other than lower profile, looks similar to the Ford:
I think the fenders on this Ford K look more parallel to the ground and hood line:
A few other 1907 roadsters, compared with the K:
We will probably run our K like this the first year. It's easier to adjust and work on things without fenders. This is the Ford pilot car for the 1909 Ocean to Ocean (New York to Seattle) Race during the run from New York to St. Louis:
You're right Rob - a big part of it may just be the camera angle. That red American Roadster is just a really good picture of that car.
I like the fender-less look.
Your lucky day.....
Looks as though Bonhams has a 1908 American Underslung coming up for sale:
Bonhams is saying 1.1 million or higher.....
Please bid responsibly.
I don't suppose they have two, so my wife can have one of her own - - -
Rob, I have enjoyed your posts...and have put a K on my bucket list. Someday.
I would drive that car like I stole it. Hahahaha and stealing it is about the only way I'd ever get to drive it. $1.1 million - I can't really even wrap my brain around having enough money to spend that on an antique car.
Always a fly in the ointment. Buy one and sure enough, the wife will want one too.
Five years ago I didn't have any idea I would like to own a K, then I rode in one......
You never know.
When you buy the American, may I have a ride
Always fun to dream. The projection of one million surprises me. I'll have to try to find a recent sale......
That didn't take long. Wow!
A Model K beat an American Underslung in competition, for the 24 hour world record at Detroit in 1907 (but not now as far as price is concerned).
Notice where the Prest-O-Lite bottle is on the white American. Don't run over anything. Beautiful cars.
Rob - I missed the beginning I guess, are you going to build another chassis?
Ken in Texas
We sold our K touring to a friend last fall, and bought a K runabout. This car has been in museums since the mid sixties, and needed a thorough going through.....
It looks as though American Underslungs command a hefty price now, more so than Model K. However, maybe not so much back in the day. These early 1908 ads appeared in a Chicago paper, and it looks as though the Ford is keeping pace with the American. Below that is a single late 1907 ad for an American, and the price is less than half the original cost: