Category: 1909

White House Mobility – 1909 White Model M – Terry Shea @Hemmings

White House Mobility – 1909 White Model M – Terry Shea @Hemmings



I am sure the automobile coming in as a toy of the wealthier class is going to prove most useful of them all to all classes, rich and poor. —William Howard Taft

The American people elected William Howard Taft president in November of 1908, yet before he entered Washington for his inauguration four months later, he lobbied for a small fleet of cars for the White House. Taft’s desire to formally adopt the automobile came across as controversial. His predecessor—and later political rival—Theodore Roosevelt was no fan of cars and considered them dirty and noisy, as did many other people. Of course, Roosevelt, the former cavalry officer, was a noted horseman and favored travel by carriage, his loyalties firmly with the equine. But Taft, who served as Secretary of War under Roosevelt, would have none of it.

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1906 Ford Model K Touring Car


Seller’s Description:

Wearing a beautiful and correct reproduction body, K 297 has been fully gone through mechanically and successfully participated in the 2018 Lansing to Dearborn run. An older restoration, it shows well and is accompanied by the correct rebuilt Holley magneto.

The Ford Model K is an upscale automobile that was produced by Ford. It was introduced in 1906 and replaced the earlier Model B. It was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. The model K was aimed at the top end of the market and featured an inline-6 (the only Ford six until 1941) giving 40 hp (30 kW). The wheelbase was 120 in (2896 mm) and could be ordered either as a touring or roadster model.

Contrary to popular folklore, the Model K was a good seller for Ford Motor Company. In 1906, the first year it was offered, the Model K produced over eighty five percent of Ford Motor Company’s new car profit (1906 Ford Motor Company internal audit records).

1907 Ford Model K 6-40 Roadster

In 1907, the second sales year of the Model K, almost 500 examples were sold, making it the best selling six cylinder model in the world.

As period journals reported, Ford Motor Company went in another direction, moving to one chassis, a mid priced car, the Model T, leaving the multi-line business model used by most auto makers of the period. However, sales and profits from the Model K helped Ford Motor Company become the largest automaker in number of sales in 1907, and along with the Model N, was the only Ford model sold through three model years (1906-1908) prior to the advent of the Model T.


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