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Body Type Factory Price Shipping
* Total

# ##
Touring $440 $415 1485 84,970
Touring ** $535 $510 1620 647,300
Runabout $395 $370 1380 25,918
Runabout ** $490 $465 1515 171,745  

Sedan ** $795 $760 1875 179,734
Coupe ** $745 $695 1580 129,159
Chassis $360 $345 1070 11,356
Chassis ** $455 $440 1205 23,436
Truck Chassis ### $545 $495 1430 118,583   The 1921 Ford line. The Touring body was all-new but the other types continued in the 1920 style with minor modifications, particularly in the closed cars. These types continued through most of 1922 as well.
Foreign and Canada ----- ----- ----- ***

Total *** 1,477,409
#Price effective September 22, 1920.
##Price effective June 7, 1921.
###Price with Pneumatic tires.
*August 1, 1920 to December 31, 1921. (Ford began calendar year figures in 1921).
**Includes starter and demountable wheels.
*** Canadian production from August 1920 to December 1920 not available. During calendar 1921, Canada produced 42,348 units and foreign plants produced 42,860 units of all types. The figures shown do include all foreign (other than Canada) production.

Note: Starter was an option on the open cars at $70. Weight 95 lbs. Demountable rims were an additional $25. Weight 55 lbs.

ENGINE SERIAL NUMBERS: 4,698,420 to 5,568,071 calendar year. 4,233,352 to 5,377,545 fiscal year (August 1, 1920 to July 31, 1921).

MODEL YEAR DATES: August 1920 to August 1921.

BODY TYPES: Touring, Runabout, Sedan, Coupe, Chassis and Truck.

MAJOR MODEL YEAR FEATURES:A new body for the tourings had been announced in June 1920. Similar to the earlier style, the rear section was now three pieces (instead of five), with no vertical seam on the rear side quarter panel. Seats were lower and had higher backs. The older style body continued for a time before the new one became standard, perhaps into 1921. (Some sources even say late 1921.) The runabout continued in the earlier style until late 1922 (1923 cars). The sedan was relatively unchanged from previous years, except for a solid roof panel, replacing the open-padded assembly which had been used until late 1920.
The oval gas tank was standard (introduced during calendar 1920).
Top iron supports now come through the side panels instead of being the “L” shaped brackets used previously.
The Runabout continued in the previous style. The Coupelet and Sedan continued with minor modifications.

COLORS: All cars were painted black, with black fenders.

UPHOLSTERY: Imitation leather in the open cars. The pattern was a stitched vertical pleat design on both seat bottoms and backs. Closed car upholstery was gray cloth with a lined pattern as in 1920.

FENDERS: Curved and crowned, unchanged since 1917.

SPLASH APRON: Same as previous years.

RUNNING BOARDS: Same as previous years.

HOOD: Steel. Hold-down clamps had two “ears” and were of pressed steel. Handles were pressed steel but were now made in such a way that they could be fastened to the hood without a separate rivet. (A “hole” appeared where the rivet was.)

DASHBOARD (Firewall): Wood, fitted outside the front cowl, hidden by the metal cowl weather strip.

CHASSIS: Same as 1920 except that the running board brackets were now steel channels running from side to side and were much stronger than the forged bracket and tie rod arrangement of previous models. Painted black.

STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY: Pressed steel, black painted, quadrant, Zinc-plated spark and throttle levers, with flattened metal ends. Gear case was brass but zinc plated, one piece assembly. Wheel was 16” outside diameter, made of “Fordite” (synthetic material), and painted black. The wheel spider was pressed steel and painted black. Horn button same as in 1920.

FRONT AXLE: Same as the 1920 cars.

REAR AXLE: Same as 1920.

DRIVESHAFT HOUSING: Same as 1920. The forged bearing spool was now standard.


WHEELS: Used 30 by 3 tires in front; 30 by 3-1/2 in the rear. Front wheels used taper-roller (Timken) bearings except in the non-starter, non-demountable open cars. Hub caps were redesigned with a wider rim around the top label area. They still had “Ford” in script letters and “ Made in USA” on all caps. Demountable-rim wheels were standard on closed cars, and optional on the open models; and used 30 by 3-1/2 tires all around.

SPRINGS: Non-tapered, front and rear. “L” shaped shackles of the forged type.

RADIATOR: Supplied by Ford. Same as that introduced in 1919.

ENGINE: Same as 1920. Starter was still optional on the open cars.

ENGINE PAN: “Three-dip” with wider front “snout.”

OIL FILLER CAP: The mushroom-shaped cap, made of steel, with three flutes.

ENGINE CRANK: The plain steel sleeve type as used since 1914.

ENGINE FAN: Same as 1920.

MANIFOLDS: Exhaust pipe flared at the manifold and was held in place with the brass nut but with no packing. Intake was cast iron.

CARBURETORS: Kingston Model L4, Holley Model NH, or Ford F.

CARBURETOR STOVE: Sheet metal type which rose vertically at the rear of the carburetor and mated with the exhaust manifold at the rear corner, being held by the rear manifold retaining stud/nut.

MUFFLER: Pressed steel type with no tail pipe, the same as that introduced in 1920.

FUEL TANK: Elliptical, under the front seat. Mounting brackets clamped to the tank. Outlet was between the center and the right side, between the frame rails. The Sedan continued the square tank under the driver’s seat. The Coupe used the sedan tank located in the turtle deck.

TRANSMISSION: Three pedal standard-design. Pedals were of the plain type. Transmission cover was cast iron, and modified to accept the starter. Tapered inspection door, held with six screws. The door was of pressed steel with an embossed pattern.

COIL BOX ASSEMBLY: Ford. Same as used in 1920. Starter cars no longer had the ignition switch on the box; it was moved to the instrument panel.

LAMPS: Magneto powered electric type on the non-starter cars, and six volt electric on the starter models. Black steel rims. A green-visored lens replaced the clear type for a short time, then the visored lens was superseded by the Ford “H” fluted lens which became the standard through 1927. Side and tail lamps were similar to 1917 on the non-starter cars. Starter cars had a small electric tail light and did not have side lights.

HORN: Magneto powered electric.

WINDSHIELD: Upright, with top section that folds to the rear. Frame was bolted to the brackets. Painted black. Same as 1920.

TOP: (Open cars). Top color was black on all open cars. Sockets were the same as those used since 1918.

SPEEDOMETER: No longer standard equipment.

TURTLE DECK (on Runabout): Similar in style to the 1919. Handles are pressed steel and painted black.

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© Bruce W. McCalley. Rev. January 29, 2007