The Model B Four represented a dramatic shift in direction for Ford. With a four-passenger body accented by polished wood and brass trim, the Model B was truly elegant. It was also expensive. Mechanically, a shaft drive and rear hub brakes set this $2,000 vehicle apart from other Fords. Very few Model Bs were manufactured, making it one of the rarest of the Alphabet Ford Cars. This car is serial number '1' and made its debut, amidst much excitement, at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.Source - AACA Museum
Debuting in 1904, the Ford Model B was a classy touring vehicle that was the first model by Ford to use the front-engine layout. The large 24 hp 4-cylinder engine was placed at the front behind a conventional radiator.
The Ford Model B was the upscale high end vehicle that cost $2,000. Three years into production, Ford had to face facts. Sales were unfortunately much slower than the Model C, which was ironic since it was priced 1/3 less than the Model B. In 1906 the Model B was deleted and replaced by the derivative Model K.
In 1932 Ford introduced the new Model B, basically an updated version of the Model A that was replaced by the 1935 Ford Model 48. The Model B was basically a four-cylinder model with a Ford Model A engine. At this same time in history, Ford began producing a vehicle with Ford's new Flathead V8 engine that was very similar to the Model A. This mode was named a Model I8, though today it is better known as the Ford V-8.
In 1932, two version of the Ford Model B were debuted, the V8 flathead engine one, and a four-cylinder model. Both models came in two different body styles, the rare ‘3-window' Deluxe Coupe; featuring front opening doors, and the ‘5-window'; two door windows, two quarter panel windows and the rear window. The Model B was the less popular four-cylinder model and was a much more updated version of the four-cylinder Model A.
The 18 Model was the first time the V-8 engine was successful placed in a low-priced vehicle. The cost of some models with the 65-hp engine was around $460. The roadster peaked at only 520 units for the first year, and 28,904 for the two-door cope.
Popular today by the world's standards, the 1930's model B is a highly rare model for collectors.By Jessica Donaldson
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