One hundred ten years ago this week, the New York auto shows were being held. Ford Motor Company had two new models that received considerable attention. While the idea of a $500 four cylinder runabout created a sensation, the six cylinder, dual ignition 40 hp touring car also garnered considerable attention as one of the only U. S. made six cylinder cars on the market, and at $2500, considerably less expensive than the next nearest six cyl. competitor at $4200.
Ford display, 69th armory, January 1906:
Photo courtesy of THF, all rights apply
One Model N was on display at the booth along with a Model K, K chassis, and Model F. The Model N below was driven at several 1906 auto shows by Louis Block (driver). Block, would later become a Ford Branch Manager. I believe this was the only operable Model N, and production sales wouldn't begin until mid summer:
Meanwhile, Henry Ford and Frank Kulick were at the show briefly, before taking a train to Ormond Beach (Daytona) to enter the Ford six cylinder racer in the annual international speed contests:
Headlines and photos like these appeared in newspapers across the country:
All in all, a special time for Henry Ford and his company. I wonder if any of them suspected what the next ten years would bring?
I remember that show very well That is me in the upper photo trying to strike a deal o the Model N but they refused to include GPS, turn signals, stereo, and delay windshield wipers so we never came to an agreement. I did however get a ride with Louis as you show in the third picture. I still won't talk to Henry because he refused to add the options I requested.
I'm not picky. I'll take that beautiful Model K Touring as is. When can I take delivery?
I agree, I would take either the K or N, even the Model F would be nice....
This what "Motor World" wrote about the two new Ford models in the advance issue of to the show:
Both the licensed (A.L.A.M.) and unlicensed shows were held in close proximity. The list of car makers at each show: