Automobile [Ford A Model (Replica) 1903]
Maker and role
Ford Motor Company, Manufacturer
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The design of this car is based on its predecessor: the horse and carriage. Early automobiles were also known as ‘horseless carriage'. The A Model was available in two versions, a two-seater runabout (such as this vehicle), or a four-seater model known as a ‘tonneau’ which had an optional top.
Henry Ford, who started the Ford Motor Company, had a dream to produce a car that was reasonably priced and reliable, and would bring motoring to the masses. He did that with the Model T Ford which was introduced in 1908.
This replica A Model was purchased by MOTAT in 1978 with assistance from the Ford Motor Company of New Zealand, to celebrate Ford’s 75th anniversary. It was also the 75th anniversary of the A Model.
Type: Horseless carriage
Model: A Model Ford
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
Country manufactured: United States
Engine type: Petrol, 2-cylinder
Engine capacity: 1.6 litres
Horse power: 9 HP
Gearbox: 2 forward gears and one reverse
NB: This replica does not have an engine
1978. Automobile [Ford A Model (Replica) 1903], 1978.747. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).