Very cool. Who would have thought Does anyone know what the two canisters are below the headlights at the frame spreader?
...rather sketchy reference to Henri Ford with respect to this car.
They look like Westinghouse shock absorbers to me.
Thomas Edison had a Simplex Car on several of the camping trips that he, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone. John Burroughs, and others did 1916-1924.
Best regards, John Page, Australia
I had a 1926 Studebaker Big Six 4 door for a short time, it had those shocks on the front and rear.
Henry Ford owned many cars as his wealth increased. A few I've come across include a Minerva, although the model he chose seems uncertain. This Minerva U.S. Ad implies he bought a large enclosed model:
This ad implies he bought a smaller 16 hp model:
And a news article reporting he bought a large heavy model:
Henry Ford did buy a large six cylinder Renault and when in Europe bought a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, that he had outfitted for his family, and later shipped to the U.S. according to news stories:
Criticism of his purchase of the RR was nicely deflected with the anecdote that upon arriving in England, all Fords were sold, so he chose the second best car available, a Rolls Royce:
As a Model K enthusiast, my interest in these cars was the fact it didn't appear Henry Ford had developed an aversion to six cylinders as of 1912.......
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Stirring up hate against the wealthy and implying hypocrisy in others is not something new. It started long before the occupy Wall Street movement and "progressive" politics. Henry was a gearhead like all of us. He appreciated fine machines and had the means to buy whatever he wanted. He also knew most people did not, and his path to success was producing a quality car that they could afford and maintain. So that's what he built. When he came to our city in 1919, he visited relatives in the area in a big 7 passenger Buick the local Ford dealer borrowed for the trip. He also chose to take the train out here in his private coach. The modern media would have had a liberal cow over his elitist travel choices. I can imagine what would have happened if an "occupy Dearborn" group picketed the Ford plant. Hank would have had Bennet bust some heads. Different time for sure, but still some things are the same.
Somewhere I read recently that Henry had a mid-twenties Marmon for his personal use and his drive to the factory every day.
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