<b>1905 Ford MODEL B SIDE ENTRANCE TONNEAU</b><br />Engine no. 124
Lot 192
Ex-William F. Harrah and Imperial Palace Collections
1905 Ford MODEL B SIDE ENTRANCE TONNEAU
Sold for € 419,750 (US$ 491,947) inc. premium

Den Hartogh Sale

23 Jun 2018, 11:00 CEST

Hillegom

Lot Details
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Ex-William F. Harrah and Imperial Palace Collections
1905 Ford MODEL B SIDE ENTRANCE TONNEAU
Engine no. 124

THE FORD MODEL B

Late in 1904, under pressure from his shareholders, Henry Ford would announce the first of their cars to follow what was now becoming the norm for the industry of a vehicle with an engine at the front and pronounced radiator, a design that mirrored many of the European manufacturers, and had been heralded by the Daimler "Mercedes".

Conceptually, the transmission and drive was carried over from the A/C type cars, but other respects it was altogether bigger in terms of its physicality and was built on a sturdy chassis frame. It is interesting to note that Ford were quick to promote the benefits of power to weight ratios, with proclamations that the new Model B, had more power relative to its weight than 'Any automobile of similar type' and that this allowed the Ford 'less wear on the tyres and ample reserve power for steep grades and sandy roads'. That power came from a four cylinder in line engine, rated at 24hp, and as with many manufacturers of the era the transition from single or twin cylinder units, was effectively to mount multiple cylinder blocks on a common inline crankcase.
The Model B would be offered solely in dark green bodywork scheme with 'straw' (as the home market in America termed it) or light cream coloured wheels, frame and coachlining, larger brass torpedo headlamps adorned the front of the car, supplemented by scuttle mounted side lamps and tail lamp. At $2,000, it was more than double the price of their 10hp car, and by its sheer presence, this was a more luxurious form of motorcar than had previously been seen from the Ford Motor Company. This and the Model K, were a brief foray in this direction, before matters settled to the alphabet series and of course the 'T'.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Production of these cars is understood to have been extremely limited the production cycle began in October 1904, and continued through to 1906. Surviving data of production numbers suggests that Ford found a mere 500 clients for them, and that they would soon be outclassed in terms of performance and looks, while Henry Ford steered the company back to the direction of more mass market automobiles.

As a result of which the Model B is one of the rarest of all Fords to survive in any form. Informed sources cite 7 or perhaps 8 that are known anywhere in the world. As with all the rarest cars, even 'known remains' are resuscitated for people to experience a particular model, or of course from a collectors' point of view to fill a void in a collection.

The car we present here arrived in the collection in the 1990s, being acquired from noted Imperial Palace Collection on 'The Strip' in Las Vegas. It had been purchased by the Imperial Palace owner Ralph Engelstad, as part of a group of cars from noted California collector William Lyon, who in turn had bought it as part of a multi car deal from the Harrah Collection. The archives department in The National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada, being the intact surviving portion of the Harrah Collection have confirmed car number 124 to have formerly been in this storied collection and a file of information relating to their ownership and acquisition will accompany the car.

The car today remains in very tidy order and would appear to have received one of the famed Harrah's restorations which are renowned for standing the test of time remarkably well. As it stands today, it doesn't appear to have had any recent use in the current care. For Mr. den Hartogh finding a Model B in any form was a 'hen's teeth' moment – this is sure to continue to be coveted.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, The National Automobile Museum - Harrah Collection Research Department file confirms that this car was purchased by the Harrah Collection from Winthrop Rockefeller in 1975.
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