Chicago Ford Branch manager Thomas Hay led six Fords on the second annual "Century Run" 110 years ago today. The Ford six roadster below was on the run. Future branch manager R. P. Rice is pictured driving the roadster below during a fall 1907 reliability run, where it acted as the pace car, carrying confetti to mark the route.
Maybe we need to start a new tour.........
I meant to add, a new Ford coupe is mentioned in the last article. Too bad there are no known examples of the Ford NRS coupe remaining.....
It looks like they may want to fill the tires before heading out .
Happy New Year everyone .
Rob, what is the valve stem devices on the wheels? ?
That's a type of tire to wheel fastener. I have a photo of another car that was on the same reliability run as the Ford taken at the same location. I'll post it later when I'm back at my computer.
Too cold for me!
Another car on the reliability tour at the same street scene as the Ford Six, apparently with "starter" issues:
Is the last photo you posted possibly a 1909 or 1910 Alco?
Sorry, should have read 1907 or 1908 Alco.
It's a 40 hp Berliet, driven by W. W. Shaw:
Regarding the Berliet, there is an interesting Alco connection. I found the following information from the Hemmings website:
"In 1906, Alco began to build the French-designed Berliet under license at one of its former locomotive plants, located in Providence, Rhode Island. At the time, Berliet offered models up to a massive straight-six engine with 9.5 liters--it rounds out to 580 cubic inches. The Alco executives were convinced they could craft a car that was lighter, faster, more powerful and better-built than their French franchise promised".
Two years later, Alco abandoned the Berliet license and the company began to manufacture its own designs. Could be why the Berliet looks a lot like an Alco.
I did a little looking too. This must be the $7,500 four cylinder Berliet (listed as 40 hp). The weight is more than the K Roadster, although in this photo it doesn't look quite as long. Looks like the two cars shared one aspect, vanadium:
Also, a photo of the big $9,000 60 hp six cylinder:
$9000 translates to about $225,000 today. Not too many could afford that car.
That is a very interesting block letter "FORD" attached to the radiator. You should look into getting one made like that for your Model K Roadster.