The third Ford Model A sold by Henry Ford in 1903 is up for sale again. The oldest surviving car built by Ford Motor Company and the oldest known example of the historic Model A will be offered at RM Auctions’ “Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona,” to be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix on the 19th of this month.
The 1903 Model A Rear Entry Tonneau, car no. 30, has seen only four owners in its 104-year existence. The car was purchased initially by Herbert L. McNary, a butter maker from Britt, Iowa. Records show that McNary put down a $170 deposit on the $850 car. The car rides on a 72inch wheelbase and is powered by an 8hp, 100 cubic-inch engine mated to a two-speed gearbox.
The car eventually turned up in a museum in Germany until its current owner purchased it in 2001. Experts predict that it might sell from anywhere between $400,000 and $500,000 at the auction.