Back on 16th June 1903, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated which started trading on July 13, with its very first Ford production car, the Model A. On the very first trading day three Model A car’s were sold, out of which two cars (no. 9 & 11) haven’t survived the test of time. Now, the remaining car with serial number 30, which was originally sold to Mr Herbert L McNary, a butter maker from Britt, Iowa, for a $170 deposit, and is now regarded as ‘The World’s Oldest Ford’ is being offered for sale at the RM Auction's annual sale in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on 11 and 12 October. Powered by 8 horse-power 100-cu.in. flat two-cylinder engine, this dark red four-seater Ford was actually sold for $850 during that time.
Historically, the Ford Motor Company built these three Model A cars in one batch in an assembly room in the historic Mack Avenue production plant. However, it’s almost impossible to say which of the three cars was completed first, but as per the reports, the Dr. Ernst Pfenning’s Model A received serial number 11, McNary’s received serial number 30, while the Indiana Automobile’s car got serial number 9. After extensive test drives and fine-tuning the cars were shipped out later that month.
This oldest example of the Ford’s revolutionary vehicle first changed hands fifty years later when it was sold for just $400, and then it went through a number of subsequent owners. However, the recent owner purchased the car for $693,000 at RM’s “Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona” Auction in Arizona, in 2007.
Notably, this particular vehicle was last offered on sale in 2010, but its bidding failed to meet an undisclosed reserve, and, now the car has come up on the auction blocks again with pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.
Also, we have recently seen the sale offering of 1968 Shelby Green Hornet, which is known to be not only one of the most desirable Ford Mustangs, but is also described to be an ultra-incredible and significant piece of Ford.
Recently, a 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage racing car was sold for a record $11 million at RM Auctions Monterey Sale to become the most expensive American Car sold at auction.
UPDATE: The 1903 Model A Rear Entry Tonneau, one of a batch of the first three cars manufactured by Ford Motor company has been sold for $264,000.
UPDATE II: The Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, Bill Ford Jr. has been revealed as the buyer of the oldest-known surviving Ford automobile. With the upcoming 150th birth anniversary of his great-grandfather and company founder Henry Ford, on July 30th, 2013, Bill probably wanted to bring it back in the family owneership, and placed the highest bid of $264,000 at RM Auction Hershey, Penn. sale.