When the Ford Motor
Company began production in 1903, he started with Model
A. There were also Model B and C versions of this two
cylinder car offered. As time progressed, Ford offered
There was then the B, C, F, K, N, R and S. Henry Ford
and his engineers used the first 19 letters of the
alphabet to name their automobiles, although some of the
cars were never sold to public.
The Model K was a big six cylinder car that Henry Ford
himself was opposed to, but his stockholders insisted he
build. Ford kept experimenting with various models.
Not all models were
offered for sale. He progressed to Models N, R, and S
which were similar cars that had obvious external
In 1908, Ford offered an improved car that became the
Model T. Then, in 1928, Ford started the alphabet again
with the Model A to symbolize that the new Model A had
no connection to the Model T.
most successful of the early
production cars was the Model N -- a
small, light, four-cylinder machine
which went on the market at $500.
$2,500 six-cylinder luxury car, the
Model K, sold poorly.
Ford started naming his early cars
with the Model A, and this letter
code was later reused on the
successor to the Model T.