Automobile [Ford A Model (Replica) 1903]

Maker and role
Ford Motor Company, Manufacturer
Production date
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Replica of 1903 Ford "A" Model car, No. 196. No engine. Colour: red. 2 cylinder, 9 horsepower, 1.6 litre, 2 forward gears, 1 reverse with a maximum speed of 50 kph (30 mph).
Brief History
The A Model Ford was the first production car made by the Ford Motor Company. It was an immediate success, with 1750 being produced in 1903-1904. In 1904 it was replaced with the C Model, which featured a more powerful engine.

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
Date: 1903
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
Other name
"A" Model
Credit Line
Ford Motor Company. 1903
1978. Automobile [Ford A Model (Replica) 1903], 1978.747. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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