by Willy Vinton, Manager
Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Henry Ford, however, did not want to produce such a car, and Model K production only lasted two years. It was expensive and a challenge to drive and maintain, unlike the "car for the masses" Henry envisioned. As you can see from this picture, even the ignition system on this car would scare the novice driver of the day. Only 900 Ford Model Ks were produced, and less than 25 are known to still exist, of which only 10 are roadsters.
With its long hood and low profile, the Model K roadster was a forerunner to the better-known, big-engined sports cars yet to come (like the Mercer Raceabout and Stutz Bearcat). Ford raised the performance bar with this car and it is an important piece of American automobile history, and a fine addition to our museum. Keep watching for more updates.