1903 Ford Model A Two Runabout with Tonneau / 30 Chassis Information

1903 Ford Model A Two photograph

1903 Ford Model A Two photograph

1903 Ford Model A Two photograph

1903 Ford Model A Two photograph

1903 Ford Model A Two photograph

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Runabout with Tonneau
Chassis #: 30
Sold for $693,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona.
High bid of $325,000 at 2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey. (did not sell)
Sold for $264,000 at 2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA.
The Ford Model A was introduced in 1903. It was a vehicle meant to embody principles that Henry Ford deemed important - simplicity, economy and high volume.

Producing automobiles was an expensive task, and Ford's cash balance was very low in July of 1903. The company's credibility with investors was exhausted, and income was slow. The survival of the company came down to July 13, 1903, when three customers made the first payments to the company. Of those three vehicles purchased, only one has survived, with only five owners since it left Detroit. The Model A Tonneau with chassis number 30 was sold to Herber L. McNary of Britt, Iowa.

The years that immediately followed were rough for the Ford Motor Company. It would take several years and many false starts before Ford's vision of his automobile business would finally come to reality.

The Ford Model A was powered by an opposed two-cylinder engine that displaced 100 cubic-inches and produced around eight horsepower. It rode on a 72-inch wheelbase and weighed roughly 1,250 pounds depending on the coachwork.

The first three purchasers of the Ford product were Dr. E. Pfenning who sent his full payment of $850 ($750 for the Model A Ford and $100 for the tonneau body) by the 13th of July. The Indiana Automobile Company sent a $300 deposit and Herbert L. McNary sent a $170 deposit against an $880 order for a Model A with Tonneau and $30 of Ford options. The total money received - $1,320 - would help keep the Ford Motor Company in business. The next fifteen months that followed, 1,700 Model A Fords would roll out of the Mack Avenue plant.

Dr. Pfenning got chassis number 11, Indiana Automobile received chassis number 9, and Mr. McNary got #30. There was apparently, no sequence to the numbers of the cars. Thus, there is no way to determine which vehicle was completed first.

The Ford cars were built in batches in one large assembly room. Parts were attached to the different chassis, and when they were finished (in no particular order), the cars were test driven before being brought in for improvements.

Mr. herbert L. McNary was a butter maker at a creamery in Britt, Iowa. The car would be kept in their care for about fifty years until - after much negotiation - it was acquired by Harry E. Burd of Waterloo, Iowa. Burd had it restored by Lloyd Sievers.

In 1961, the car was sold to a Swiss Ford dealer. It would remain in Europe, on display at Ford's European headquarters in Cologne and in other locations, until the previous owner acquired it in 2001. In 2007, it was acquired by the late Mr. John M. O'Quinn.

In 2010, this car was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $600,000 - $800,000. The car would leave the auction unsold. The high bid of $325,000 was not enough to satisfy the cars reserve.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2011


2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$300,000-$500,000 
Sale Price :
$264,000

2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$600,000-$800,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
$325,000

2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona

Sale Price :
$693,000

2018 1
2012 2
2010 2
2007 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$166,505$166,5051
2012$205,980$264,0002
2010$82,500$85,2502
2007$693,000$693,0001
2004$46,750$46,7501

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1903 sales)
1903 Ford Model A Open Tourer
Sold for $166,505
  2018 Bonhams : Den Hartogh Sale
 
1903 Ford Model A Rear Entry Tonneau
Chassis#: 30
Sold for $264,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
1903 Ford Model A Two image  1903 Ford Model A Two image  
1903 Ford Model A Runabout
Chassis#: 317
Sold for $147,960
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1903 Ford Model A Rear Entry Tonneau
Chassis#: 206
Sold for $85,250
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey
1903 Ford Model A Two image  1903 Ford Model A Two image  
1903 Ford Model A Rear Entry Tonneau
Chassis#: 881
Sold for $79,750
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey
 
1903 Ford Model A Rear Entry Tonneau
Chassis#: 30
Sold for $693,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
1903 Ford Model A Two image  1903 Ford Model A Two image  
1903 Ford Model A Runabout
Chassis#: 1628
Sold for $46,750
  2004 S. Ray Miller Collection
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1903 Ford Model A Two's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1903 Ford Model A Rear Entry Tonneau302010 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey$325,000$600,000$800,000
1903 Ford Model A 10hp Four Seater Rear Entrance Tonneau 2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $150,000$170,000
1903 FORD MODEL A RUNABOUT 2002 Kruse Auction Scottsdale, AZ (Rawhide)$78,000  

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