Ford Model C

The Ford Model C is an automobile that was produced by Ford Motor Company. Introduced in 1904, it was a revision of the Model A with a more modern appearance. It had a slightly more powerful engine and a 6-in-longer (15 cm) wheelbase. Built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, it was the entry-level car in the Ford model lineup, slotting below the upscale Model B. Production ended in 1905 with 800 cars made; it was replaced by the derivative Model F.

Ford Model C
1904 Ford Model C 10hp 2.0 Front.jpg
DesignerHenry Ford
Body and chassis
Body style2-seat runabout
rear-entry 4-seat tonneau
Engine120.5 cu in Flat-2[1]
Transmission2-speed planetary
Wheelbase78 in (198 cm)[1]
Curb weight1,250 lb (567 kg)[1]
PredecessorFord Model A
SuccessorFord Model F

Both Models A and C were produced at the same time, but the Model A could also be bought with a Model C engine, an option called the AC. The Model C engine was an opposed twin, giving 8 hp (6 kW) at first and 10 hp (7 kW) by 1905, with a claimed top speed of 38 mph (61 km/h).[1] The Model C two-seater was marketed as a "doctor's car" and sold for $850 ($24,483 in 2020 dollars [2]), compared to the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout at US$650,[3] Western's Gale Model A at US$500,[4] and the Success at a low US$250.[5] It offered a four-seater option for an additional $100. The top also cost extra: rubber $30, leather $50.[citation needed]

Although the Model C had a protruding front "box" like a modern car, unlike the flat-front Model A, this was purely ornamental — the engine remained under the seat (the gas tank was under the hood[1]).

The Model C was the first vehicle to be built at Ford Motor Company of Canada.


  1. ^ a b c d e Kimes, Beverly (1996). Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4.
  2. ^ 1634 to 1699: Harris, P. (1996). "Inflation and Deflation in Early America, 1634–1860: Patterns of Change in the British American Economy". Social Science History. 20 (4): 469–505. JSTOR 1171338. 1700-1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How much is that in real money?: a historical price index for use as a deflator of money values in the economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Clymer, Floyd. Treasury of Early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 (New York: Bonanza Books, 1950), p.32.
  4. ^ Clymer, p.51.
  5. ^ Clymer, p.32.